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Choreographer Greg Van Borssum posted a few photos of the cast for the $200 million "Justice League" movie that Warner Bros was developing back in 2007 with director George Miller (Mad Max, Happy Feet). Check out the photos below. At the time, "Superman Returns" flopped in theaters, which is why the studio recast Superman with DJ Cotrona and hired Armie Hammer as Batman, despite the fact that Christian Bale was still playing the character in "The Dark Knight" trilogy. Other cast members included Jay Baruchel as Maxwell Lord, Hugh Keays-Byrne as Martian Manhunter, Santiago Cabrera as Aquaman, Adam Brody as The Flash, Teresa Palmer as Talia al Ghul, and Megan Gale as Wonder Woman. Not in the photos are Common as John Stewart (aka Green Lantern), Anton Yelchin as Wally West, Zoe Kazan as Iris West and Stephen Tobolowsky as Alfred Pennyworth. The film obviously never happened and Warner Bros is now »
Hollywood stuntman and choreographer Greg van Borssum is offering up a piece of 'what if' Hollywood history today, as he shares photos of the Justice League cast assembling for Mad Max: Fury Road director George Miller's canceled adaptation.
Way back in 2007, after Superman Returns proved to be a disappointment, Warner Bros. planned to move forward on a Justice League movie that recast the Man of Steel with D.J. Cotrona and gave us a new Batman in Armie Hammer, even though Christian Bale was in the midst of his The Dark Knight trilogy at the same time. Also seen in the first photo are (from bottom) director George Miller, Jay Baruchel as Maxwell Lord, Hugh Keays-Byrne as Martian Manhunter. Next row finds Santiago Cabrera as Aquaman, Adam Brody as The Flash, Teresa Palmer as Talia al Ghul, stuntman Greg van Borssum, and producer Barrie M. Osborne (The Lord of The Rings: The Two Towers »
As far I believe, these images posted by Hollywood stuntman and fight choreographer, Greg Van Borssum, are the first behind-the-scenes look at George Miller's Justice League: Mortal cast. You can see: Armie Hammer ("The Lone Ranger") who would've played Batman, Adam Brody ("The O.C.") who would've been The Flash, D.J. Cotrona ("G.I. Joe: Retaliation") who would've played Superman, Megan Gale ("Project Runway Australia") who would've played Wonder Woman, Santiago Cabrera ("Heroes") who would've played Aquaman, Hugh Keays-Byrne ("Mad Max: Fury Road") who would've played The Martian Manhunter, Teresa Palmer ("The Grudge 2") who would've played Talia Al Ghul and Jay Baruchel ("Goon") who would've played Maxwell Lord. Only main cast members not included in the images below are Common (John Stewart), Anton Yelchin (Wally West), Zoe Kazan (Iris West) and Stephen Tobolowsky (Alfred Pennyworth). In February of 2007, Warner Bros. hired Keiran and Michelle Mulroney to write a script »
“Making a Movie” is a series of columns that chronicles our attempt to make, market, and distribute a film with Stephen Tobolowsky in 2014. Thanks to you guys, we met our Kickstarter goal in just 12 days. Our Kickstarter project now has just a few hours left to go (you can still back us by clicking […]
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- David Chen
London — As the lineup for the third Sundance London film and music festival is unveiled, Variety talks to John Cooper, director of the Sundance Film Festival, and Trevor Groth, Sundance’s director of programming, about the selection (see below for full lineup).
Sundance London, which runs April 25-27, will include 21 feature films and 18 shorts across five sections, as well as live performances by a number of musical acts, which will be linked to movies screening at the fest, and a series of panel discussions.
Cooper says that when Robert Redford and the Sundance team set up the London event, one of their motivations was to give added exposure to U.S. indie films in the international market.
“We realized that the international life of an American independent film was crucial to its success,” he says. The London fest’s creation was partly driven by an impulse to do “anything we »
- Leo Barraclough
"Tonight, is for Harold Ramis," Jason Reitman declared upon taking the stage at yesterday's Film Independent at Lacma Live Read. Reitman, whose father Ivan Reitman, collaborated with Ramis on "Animal House" and the "Ghostbusters" films, chose an earlier draft of the "Groundhog Day" script for the performance -- a much darker draft in which Bill Murray’s character, Phil, actively counts the number of times he has re-lived February 2, Groundhog Day.As previously announced via Reitman's Twitter, the roles of Phil and Rita were performed by Jason Bateman and Elizabeth Reaser, while Jeff Ross and Mae Whitman provided the voices for Wpbh-TV9 cameraman Larry, Nancy Taylor and a host of other supporting characters.Stephen Tobolowsky's participation, however, came as a pleasant surprise. Tobolowsky, who originated the role of "Needlenose" Ned Ryerson, reprised his role onstage for last night's live read with just as much gusto as ever. His initial »
- Shipra Gupta
Film Independent at Lacma’s Live Read performances are always special – cold recitations of classic screenplays, the readings are never rehearsed, recorded, or repeated. But Thursday night’s live read of the existentialist comedy “Groundhog Day,” directed and co-written by the late Harold Ramis, had a particularly special, melancholy tinge.
After a short introduction from Film Independent at Lacma curator Elvis Mitchell, who called the pic “the closest we’ve come to having a Frank Capra film for the modern era,” director and series creator Jason Reitman spoke of his admiration for Ramis, who collaborated with his father Ivan Reitman on five projects.
“I was 12 days old on the set of ‘Animal House,’” Reitman recalled. “Think about that.”
Following his brief remarks, Reitman introduced the night’s cast, which included Jason Bateman in Bill Murray’s Phil Connors role, Elizabeth Reaser as Andie MacDowell’s Rita, Jeff Ross as Chris Elliott’s Larry, »
- Andrew Barker
Last month we told you about SlashFilm's endeavor to take the stories of character actor Stephen Tobolowsky that have made their podcast The Tobolowsky Files so entertaining and turn them into concert documentary film. The project, tentatively titled The Primary Instinct, has already met and exceeded its goal on Kickstarter, but you can still support the film with donations if you want (movies are expensive after all). As part of development, SlashFilm and podcast creator/host David Chen have teamed with a production company called Super Frog Saves Tokyo, and they've made a teaser for the doc. Watch! Here's the teaser trailer for SlashFilm's Stephen Tobolowsky movie The Primary Instinct: As you can see, Tobolowsky has been all over the place, and he has some great stories to tell. The trailer was made for free just as a sort of test to show how cool this little project can be. »
- Ethan Anderton
“Making a Movie” is a series of columns that chronicles our attempt to make, market, and distribute a film with Stephen Tobolowsky in 2014. Our Kickstarter is still live and you can support our film project by going here. I set out to make a movie with Stephen Tobolowsky this year because I realized that I had […]
The post Here’s a Teaser Trailer for Our Film That Doesn’t Exist Yet appeared first on /Film. »
- David Chen
The Overlooked Hotel, having found a spare room for Stephen Tobolowsky, now welcomes another deserving guest, the late, great Jt Walsh. You know, that really talented guy from that thing you really like.
Jt Walsh, in many ways the definitive supporting character actor, passed away suddenly in 1998. He succumbed to a heart attack at the relatively tender age of 54, but left behind a quite astonishingly varied and accomplished body of work, despite never being nominated for anything other than a Primetime Emmy and a couple of SAG cast awards. If nothing else, this amply demonstrates that far too often, real talent goes unrewarded and although (of course) not every0ne can be lavished with awards and in any given year the same performance is likely to hoover up every award going, the fact that Walsh never received an Oscar, Golden Globe or SAG award (or even a solo nomination) is a glaring omission. »
- Dave Roper
"300: Rise of an Empire" rose to the top of the box office on Friday, debuting to a strong $17.7 million, and leaving fellow newcomer "Mr. Peabody and Sherman" in its wake. The "sidequel" to 2007's hit "300" will earn around $42 million this weekend, which is significantly less than its predecessor, which debuted to $70.9 million on its way to a domestic total of $210.6 million. However, "Rise" is outpacing the original "300" overseas. "Rise of an Empire" stars Sullivan Stapleton, Eva Green, Lena Headey and Rodrigo Santoro. Meanwhile, DreamWorks Animation's "Mr. Peabody and Sherman" came in at No. 2 with a decent $8 million, and will likely pick up around $31 million in its debut weekend. The leggy holdover "The Lego Movie" (more on that in a bit) is likely taking some away family audiences from "Peabody." "Peabody" features the voices of Ty Burrell, Allison Janney, Stephen Colbert, Stephen Tobolowsky, Mel Brooks, and others. Universal's action thriller "Non-Stop, »
- Dave Lewis
“Making a Movie” is a series of columns that chronicles our attempt to make, market, and distribute a film with Stephen Tobolowsky in 2014. Our Kickstarter is still live and you can support our film project by going here. On Wednesday, I woke up at 5:30 Am and spent the whole day shooting test footage […]
The post Making a Movie: My First Day On Set appeared first on /Film. »
- David Chen
Wow. It’s been a wild ride but you guys have taken our Kickstarter project from $0 to fully funded in about 12 days. Thanks so much to everyone in the /Film community for making this happen! After the jump, see a special, heartfelt thank you video from Stephen Tobolowsky himself. We are working to put […]
The post Thanks to You, Our Movie Was Fully Funded in 12 Days appeared first on /Film. »
- David Chen
You might not recognize Stephen Tobolowsky by name, but you know his face and voice from his performances in Glee, Memento, Groundhog Day, Heroes, and Californication, just to name a few. And if you check out his new Kickstarter film project, you'll get to know a lot more of his story as well. Based on the podcast, The Tobolowsky Files, created by David Chen, the planned film version seeks to bring the long-time character actor's stories to an ever broader audience. But they need your help to make this dream a reality. Hit the jump for today's Indie Spotlight on The Primary Instinct: A Stephen Tobolowsky Storytelling Film. Watch Chen and Tobolowsky talk about the film below, including one fine example of stories from Tobolowsky's life. Then head on over to their Kickstarter page to help contribute. More on the film and your Kickstarter donations from Chen: Stephen's stories have »
- Dave Trumbore
The best movie culture writing from around the internet-o-sphere. There will be a quiz later. Just leave a tab open for us, will ya? “Comedy First” — Tad Friend’s essential writing on Harold Ramis. It’s only available for a short time, but it’s an amazing profile of the comedic filmmaker and why his movies have lasting power. “The cognitive dissonance of disagreeing with great directors about their work” — Noel Murray at The Dissolve explores the funny feeling when you love a movie its director hates. “Film Criticism: State of the Art” — From Twitter to Rotten Tomatoes to the loss of Roger Ebert, Danny Bowes at CriticWire examines the crossroads at which professional criticism finds itself. “2014 is The Year We Make a Movie With Stephen Tobolowsky” — David Chen at /film is kickstarting The Tobolowsky Files Podcast into a movie. “John Landis on Harold Ramis: He Was Very Angry Not to Be Cast in Animal House” — Wouldn »
- Scott Beggs
While you might not know Stephen Tobolowsky by name, you've certainly seen him in countless films like Groundhog Day (Ned! Ryerson!), Spaceballs, Sneakers, Radioland Murders, The Insider and Memento, and his voice is unmistakable in Robots, Buried and The Lorax. Plus, there's all the TV appearances on shows like "Glee" and "Heroes." Our friends as SlashFilm and writer David Chen have been host to the unique and fascinating podcast The Tobolowsky Files, and now they're trying to turn some of the actor's stories (now available in a book) into a concert documentary film, and they need help. SlashFilm and David Chen have taken to Kickstarter to help fund the film The Primary Instinct: If you donate the right amount, you can have the opportunity to meet Tobolowsky backstage at one of the live shows, or even have him perform a private show for you and 20 of your friends. Other rewards »
- Ethan Anderton
Dave and Devindra discuss whether House of Cards is television or not, and share their reactions to the Guardians of the Galaxy trailer. Plus, Dave launches a Kickstarter to make a movie with Stephen Tobolowsky this year. Joanna Robinson joins us from Vanity Fair. Be sure to read why House of Cards doesn’t care what you think. You can always e-mail us at slashfilmcast(At)gmail(Dot)com, or call […] »
- David Chen
The Overlooked Hotel is a new column in which we throw the spotlight behind the front line, champion those unfairly lost in the shallow focus of fame and feed the hungry underdogs.
Our maiden guest in the Hotel is character actor and master storyteller Stephen Tobolowsky.
There are plenty of superstars out there. The Tom Cruises and Brad Pitts and George Clooneys of this world who, with a sprinkle of their magic pixie dust, can get a film made, with their name above the title on the poster and a big cut of the profits to boot. Likewise, hundreds of films (deservedly or otherwise) have their moment in the sun, awards and box office success lavished upon them as they are admitted to the ranks of “The Acclaimed”.
Then there are the other guys. The other films. Actors who always add something great to the films they appear in, but »
- Dave Roper
Justified, Season 5, Episode 5: “Shot All To Hell” Written by Chris Provenzano Directed by Adam Arkin Airs Tuesdays at 10pm Et on FX - Ask and ye shall receive. The first four episodes of Justified‘s penultimate season were mostly fine, but felt a little compromised and slight compared to past seasons, which tended to at least throw in a couple of fun standalones (or near-standalones) while the major elements of the season were moved into place. As it turns out, Justified was saving its energy for “Shot All To Hell,” an incredibly eventful and brutally efficient outing that drastically alters the series’ wider landscape. It’s the most memorable episode since “Decoy,” and that’s saying something. (Chris Provenzano, who gets the teleplay credit this week, happened to co-write that episode, too.)
Just to emphasize how great “Shot All To Hell” is, and how its developments utterly contradict most »
- Simon Howell
Digital Spy sat down with Burrell to find out how playing a loveable dog genius compared to playing Modern Family's loveable non-genius Phil Dunphy.
"Playing a genius is by far the biggest stretch of my career," Burrell joked. "Just pretending I have an Iq over 85...
"That's one of the fun things about being a ham, being an actor, is that you get to do things you're never going to be. I'm never going to be a genius, I'm never going to speak multiple languages, I'm never going to win a gold medal."
Mr Peabody and Sherman »
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