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While there exists little doubt that we are living in the golden age of superhero films, sometimes great ones simply don.t get made. For every legendary Iron Man or The Dark Knight, there is a Superman Lives that never came to fruition . for better or for worse. One such superhero movie that never made it to the silver screen was a version of Doctor Strange created by legendary writer Neil Gaiman and visionary director Guillermo del Toro. According to Slash Film, Gaiman recently took to Twitter to talk about this early version of Doctor Strange, and the reason the film ultimately never went into production: @KurtBusiek I still wish Marvel had been interested in a @RealGDT & me Dr Strange movie, because I wanted to write Clea so badly after 1602. . Neil Gaiman (@neilhimself) November 27, 2015 So it looks like before Marvel began production on their current iteration of the Sorcerer Supreme »
Howdy folks it's Jason here - with this week's "Beauty vs Beast" we gave some thanks for two classic Christina Ricci performances (have you voted yet?) but it's a rich world with lots of good to great stuff in it so here are a few more things that have brought a big dumb smile to my big dumb face this year.
- For Getting On and the spectacular showcase it's given three crazy talented actresses (not to mention all the smaller roles they fill in with even more under-used gems), letting each of them be both hysterically funny and heartbreaking within the matter of milliseconds (and for introducing the phrase "anal horn" into my vocabulary - that one's a keeper!)
- For whoever is tailoring Chad Radwell's khakis on »
Justice League Dark is a comic book property that holds tremendous possibilities for a movie version. Guillermo del Toro departed the project back in June, but the latest word from JoBlo is that Fede Alvarez, known for the ferocious Evil Dead remake, and the team of Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado, who made the grueling indie horror movie Big Bad Wolves, are the top contenders to direct. The report also says the project is currently titled Dark Universe. That news arrives after...
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Stars: Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Ken Stott, Graham McTavish, William Kircher, James Nesbitt, Stephen Hunter, Dean O’Gorman, Aidan Turner, John Callen, Orlando Bloom, Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace, Cate Blanchett, Benedict Cumberbatch, Sylvester McCoy, Luke Evans, Stephen Fry, Manu Bennett | Written by Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson, Guillermo del Toro | Directed by Peter Jackson
In my original review of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies I said that I felt that some scenes felt a little rushed, so with The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies - Extended Edition I was interested to see how the film would feel. All I will say is that I was pleasantly surprised…
With Smaug (Benedict Cumberbatch) defeated and the Dwarves held up in the Lonely Mountain armies from around Middle-Earth converge to do battle over both the gold and the strategically important landmark. With Gandalf (Ian McKellen »
- Paul Metcalf
Justice League Dark is a comic book property that holds tremendous possibilities for a movie version. Guillermo Del Toro departed the project back in June, but the latest word from JoBlo is that Fede Alvarez, known for the ferocious Evil Dead remake, and the team of Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado, who made the grueling indie horror movie Big Bad Wolves, are the top contenders to direct. The report also says the project is currently titled Dark Universe. That news arrives after casting possibilities were circulated recently, so we decided to round up everything we know about the movie so far. How does the movie fit into the DC universe? The superhero team was first assembled by DC Comics in November 2011. The premise was that the team would include the more...
- Peter Martin
There’s been an absolute onslaught of rumours recently surrounding DC’s Justice League Dark movie, and when there’s this much news coming from different outlets, it usually means that the rumours are true. This time, it’s Joblo reporting that Warner Bros have a (very) shortlist of potential directors lined up for the project; all of whom are capable replacements for the previously-departed Guillermo Del Toro.
Reportedly in the mix are Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado, who directed the Israeli crime thriller Big Bad Wolves (quoted as being Quentin Tarantino’s favourite movie of 2013), up against the choice of Fede Alvarez, he of the Evil Dead remake from the same year. Both choices have a morbid flair for the ghoulish and would be good fits for the script, which is reported to be a great work by Del Toro and “one of the main reasons” that »
- Dan Woburn
According to JoBlo, Warner Bros. Pictures have a short list of possible frontrunners to helm the Guillermo del Toro-scripted "Justice League Dark" film adaptation. Del Toro wrote the recent screenplay with the desire to direct but decided to step down due to his commitment to helm "Pacific Rim 2: Maelstrom", which is set up with Universal Pictures and Legendary Pictures.
JoBlo revealed that the directing team of Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado and Fede Alvarez are in contention for the job. Keshales and Papushado are known in the horror genre for "Big Bad Wolves", "Rabies" and the anthology film "ABCs of Death 2." Alvarez directed 2013's "Evil Dead" remake, which was produced by original director Sam Raimi. Alvarez is currently in post-production on his latest film, "A Man in the Dark".
Latino-Review recently revealed the list of actors that Warner Bros. would like to cast in the film which includes »
- J.B. Casas
Madrid – Driving into Mexico, one of Latin America’s most vital film scenes, Latido Films has picked up world sales rights to Conquistador era semi-Western “La Carga” (The Weight,) the second feature from Mexico-based director-producer Alan Jonsson (“La Morenita, el escandalo”).
Deal was closed at the 9th Madrid de Cine-Spanish Film Screenings, a national film sales market, which ran Nov. 16-18. Latido will be talking up the title at Latin American mega-mart Ventana Sur.
Described as a “dazzling semi-Western,” and set in the sixteenth century, historical adventure movie “The Weight” turns on a manhunt, of Elisa (Maria Valverde), a young Spanish noblewoman, and Painalli, Aztec chief (Horacio Garcia Rojas) by a brutal group of soldiers commandeered by a vengeful landowner »
- John Hopewell
The mighty Joblo.com have exclusive news of the potential front-runners for the directing job on the planned Justice League Dark movie. The film, which has been written by Guillermo del Toro, is all-set to start production in 2016 with the studio wanting to fill the helming job as soon as possible.
The Jld team consists of the more supernatural members of the DC Universe, handling situations deemed unfit for the traditional Justice League (who are obviously comprised of the likes of Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman etc.)
In terms of acting talent for the film? Well, Heroic Hollywood are reporting that Colin Farrell is being eyed for Constantine, Ron Perlman for Swamp Thing, Ben Mendelsohn as Anton Arcane, Ewan McGregor for Jason Blood/The Demon, »
- Paul Heath
Peter Jackson has revealed the pangs and tribulations he underwent while filming The Hobbit trilogy. In a behind-the-scenes featurette for The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies DVD, the director admits that he made the films without the proper preparation he needed.
“Because Guillermo Del Toro had to leave and I jumped in and took over, we didn’t wind the clock back a year and a half and give me a year and a half prep to design the movie, which was different to what he was doing,” reveals Jackson. “It was impossible, and as a result of it being impossible I just started shooting the movie with most of it not prepped at all.“You’re going on to a set and you’re winging it, you’ve got these massively complicated scenes, no storyboards and you’re making it up there and then on the spot »
- Laura Frances
If you found yourself wondering what happened with The Hobbit movies (particularly Battle of the Five Armies), this hey-it-was-really-nobody's-fault clip might answer your questions. It's newly surfaced behind-the-scenes footage from the Five Armies's Blu-ray release that features a very tired Peter Jackson, along with the saga's creative team, explaining the nightmares that creep up when you force an ill-advised trilogy: The biggest snag was rooted in the pre-production process, which, compared to Lotr's three-year head-start, was non-existent: Guillermo del Toro spent a couple years drawing up plans, but then left, Jackson scrapping those ideas and starting anew in his wake. Jackson got sick for roughly six weeks, leaving him with a few months to continue not prepping the production process. The whole team then had to plan on the go, rushing day-of to complete half-baked scenes, all while chasing release dates. With that in mind, the featurette — tragically fascinating, in »
- Sean Fitz-Gerald
Throughout this week there's been a lot of casting rumors surrounding the so-called "Justice League Dark" project at Warner Bros. Pictures. That film will see the supernatural heroes of the DC Comics universe coming together to stop a threat - in this case a villain named Anton Arcane.
So far we've heard that the likes of Colin Farrell, Ben Mendelsohn, Monica Bellucci, Ewan McGregor and Ron Perlman are being sought for roles in the film ranging from John Constantine to Swamp Thing. Today, JoBlo has released shortlist of potential directors for the project according to their sources.
With Guillermo del Toro having dropped out of helming the project earlier this year, Warners is going for some wilder choices it would seem. Amongst the front runners are "Evil Dead" remake helmer Fede Alvarez, and the pair of Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado who made "Big Bad Wolves".
del Toro's script is »
- Garth Franklin
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Peter Jackson discusses “winging it” with The Hobbit trilogy via The Guardian:
“Because Guillermo Del Toro had to leave and I jumped in and took over, we didn’t wind the clock back a year and a half and give me a year and a half prep to design the movie, which was different to what he was doing. It was impossible, and as a result of it being impossible I just started shooting the movie with most of it not prepped at all.”
“You’re going on to a set and you’re winging it, you’ve got these massively complicated scenes, no storyboards and you’re »
- TFS Staff
Over the past few days we’ve heard several casting rumours for Warner Bros.’ supernatural DC ensemble Justice League Dark, with Ben Mendelsohn tipped for the villain Anton Arcane and Colin Farrell, Ewan McGregor, Ron Perlman and Monica Bellucci said to be up for the roles of Constantine, Etrigan the Demon, Swamp Thing and Madame Xanadu.
Now Joblo has chimed in with its own report, claiming that the studio has narrowed its search for a director on the project following Guillermo del Toro’s departure, with Fede Alvarez (Evil Dead) and Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado (Big Bad Wolves) said to be in contention.
- Gary Collinson
The internet has been ablaze with Justice League Dark rumors lately. Initially, we heard that Colin Farrell, Ron Perlman, Monica Belluci and Ewan McGregor were all being targeted by DC for Constantine, Swamp Thing, Madame Xanadu & Etrigan the Demon respectively, then yesterday the phenomenally talented Ben Mendelsohn was tipped to the villain of the piece, Anton Arcane. Now, the reliable folks at JoBlo have weighed in. They are claiming that the Evil Dead remake's Fede Alvarez & Big Bad Wolves duo Aharon Keshales & Navot Papushado are the studio's top choices to helm the movie. Both have a history with dark horror movies and thrillers, making them solid choices to bring to life Guillermo del Toro's screenplay (which is said to be excellent). In fact, apparently the studio are so pleased with his script, they're pushing for production to begin as soon as early next year. If this is true, we »
There have been no shortage of rumors for Justice League Dark, a.k.a. Dark Universe, this week. One report claimed that Colin Farrell is being eyed to play John Constantine, while yet another report claimed Ben Mendelsohn is being eyed to play the main villain, Anton Arcane. None of these details have been confirmed just yet, but now we have another rumor to throw onto the pile. JoBlo reports that Fede Alvarez (Evil Dead) and the Israeli filmmaking duo of Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado (Big Bad Wolves) are considered the directorial front runners at this point.
Warner Bros. has been searching for a director ever since Guillermo del Toro dropped out back in June. There didn't seem to be much traction on the project in the intervening months, until we reported last month that Scott Rudin came aboard to produce, with the studio hoping to get production started »
Despite Justice League Dark encountering problems over the past year, this week has seen a lot of news regarding its development. First there the potential casting tidbits regarding its main characters, including Colin Farrell being the frontrunner to play John Constantine. Then it was reported that Swamp Thing villain Anton Arcane will be the movie.s main antagonist, possibly to be played by Ben Mendelsohn. Now there.s word on the folks Warner Bros are looking at to replace Guillermo del Toro as director. Right now the main candidates for the job are Big Bad Wolves duo Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado, followed by the Evil Dead remake director Fede Alvarez. None of them have been officially offered the job yet, but as JoBlo notes, their experience with the "dark and macabre genre" has caught the eyes of the Warner Bros brass. While Keshales and Papushado don.t have any »
JoBlo is reporting that Evil Dead director Fede Alvarez and Big Bad Wolves helmers Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado are being eyed by Warner Bros. to direct Justice League Dark. This news comes hot on the heels of several casting rumors that arrived this week, pointing to actors like Colin Farrell and Ben Mendelsohn, among others, being considered for roles. Clearly production is heating up on the project, and we couldn’t be more excited.
In regards to these directorial candidates, they’re interesting choices and ones that sit very well with us. All three have shown a dark and gritty side with their previous efforts, and Alvarez in particular has displayed a knack for dealing with the supernatural thanks to his Evil Dead remake.
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Between the three of them, they’ve got all the necessary skills to bring the characters of Justice League Dark »
- Josh Wilding
When The Hobbit was first announced back in December 2007, The Lord of the Rings filmmaker Peter Jackson was only slated to produce, with Guillermo del Toro coming aboard to direct in 2008. After nearly two years of preparation, Guillermo del Toro backed out of directing the trilogy, which he co-wrote the scripts for with The Lord of the Rings team of Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens. Eventually, Peter Jackson came back to direct all three films, but the filmmaker revealed in a candid behind-the-scenes featurette from The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies home video release, uncovered by The Guardian, that all of Guillermo del Toro's preparations had to be scrapped, because Peter Jackson wanted to make a different movie.
"Because Guillermo del Toro had to leave and I jumped in and took over, we didn't wind the clock back a year and a half and give »
It's always refreshing when those involved in a film or TV show are honest and straight up about the pressures they were under and the political nature of some of these massive productions. Emotional stress, clashing personalities, in-fighting, insane scheduling, unreasonable demands and compromise are all part and parcel of this business.
Yet these things are so rarely discussed and frowned upon when they are brought up that it's taboo in an industry famous for breaking down barriers. In terms of the public, all we get are the occasional glimpses of this such as in retrospective featurettes. From Joel Schumacher's apology for "Batman and Robin" on the pre-Nolan Batman box-set, to the writing and producing staff of "Star Trek: The Next Generation" candidly discussing their problems with creator Gene Roddenberry and various episodes in the remastered Blu-rays, it's rare enough that examples can be counted on one or two hands. »
- Garth Franklin
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