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Frank Miller: Batman v. Supermanc "They're only lines on paper"

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Last night, a Playboy interview with Frank Miller was brought to my attention as he discusses his new film, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, as well as his interpretation of Batman as seen in his graphic novels "Batman: The Dark Knight Returns" and "Batman: Year One". He also doesn't shy away from giving his impression of movies based on characters he's worked on, up to and including Christopher Nolan's Batman Begins, The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises, but let's take this one step at a time. As far as his approach to Batman, whom he portrayed as older and more grizzled, he says, "Well, you do get crabbier as you get older. laughs Also, I never believed that a guy who tortured people and dressed like Dracula was the most pleasant person to have over for dinner." Zack Snyder appears to be taking this approach »

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Relativity Supposedly Moving Forward on 'November Man' Sequel

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This is most likely one of those press releases sent out merely as a way to give the current film a little additional publicity, but I guess there is a small, fraction of a chance Relativity thinks they may have their own Taken franchise in the form of The November Man, an upcoming release starring Pierce Brosnan. In the flick, due for an August 27 release, Brosnan plays an ex-cia agent, lured out of retirement to protect a valuable witness (Olga Kurylenko) only to learn the he is now the target of his former friend and CIA protege (Luke Bracey). The film, and it's supposed sequel, is based on Bill Granger's bestselling "November Man" book series. Directed by Roger Donaldson (The Bank Job), I have no question this film might be good, but when studios do this whole announcing the sequel before the first film is even released tactic. It reeks of desperation, »

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'Sin City 2', 'Far from the Madding Crowd' & 'V/H/S: Viral' in Today's MPAA Ratings

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Just in the nick of time Dimension gets a rating for Sin City: A Dame To Kill For, which I'm actually heading out to see as you are reading this, and to no surprise it gets a strong R-rating while Thomas Vinterberg's Far from the Madding Crowd starring Cary Mulligan and Matthias Schoenaerts gets a PG-13. However, it seems Madding Crowd might not be getting a 2014 release as IMDb has it down for a May 1, 2015 release through Fox Searchlight. That's the first I'm hearing of that date, but for now we'll go with it. The complete bulletin follows including an R-rating for V/H/S: Viral, something called Christian Mingle, The Movie, an extended cut of Melissa McCarthy's Tammy (presumably for DVD and Blu-ray) and a Madea movie Lionsgate doesn't even have listed on their slate of upcoming features. Christian Mingle, The Movie Rated PG For mild thematic elements. »

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Radcliffe and Temple Cover Two New 'Horns' Character Posters

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Dimension has released a pair of character posters for Alexandre Aja's Horns starring Daniel Radcliffe and Juno Temple in the adaptation of Joe Hill's novel. amz asin="B0036F6WYO" size="small"The story focuses on a man (Radcliffe) who awakens one morning after a hard night of drinking to find horns starting to grow from his head. He's also the lead suspect in the rape and killing of his girlfriend (Temple), but his horns give him a power that will lead him to the truth -- and revenge. The film premiered at the Toronto Film Festival last year, but I sadly missed it, though never heard any kind of overwhelming praise. Now it will come to theaters this Halloween and hopefully be a fun distraction. Just below are the new posters along with the film's first trailer. Thoughtsc »

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Tiff 2014: Updated Screening Tally Brings Total to 46 Possible Movies

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It seems as if the 2014 Toronto Film Festival lineup is more or less set. I'm not expecting any major additions after today's announcement and have taken another look at my current list of most likely films I'll be screening while in town, though this is largely based on title and director alone as I have yet to really dig into the titles unfamiliar to me so it's possible a few may find their way into the mix once all is said and done. That said, if you think there are some I'm missing please let me know... don't want to overlook anything. Note, I will be in Toronto from September 3-10 and expect I'll see about 18 movies maximum while I'm there. Right now the full list below is 48 movies not including the four I've already seen (but have yet to review) and the one I don't think I'll even have a chance to see. »

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Mark Wahlberg Boards Chandor's 'Deepwater Horizon' Movie

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J.C. Chandor is easily one of the most exciting directors working right now and the guy has only two films -- Margin Call, All is Lost -- under his belt. Just the mere range of his projects from his tackling of the Wall Street crisis to a nearly silent film featuring Robert Redford lost at sea, and his next film, A Most Violent Year, tackling 1981 New York's epidemic of violence has me begging to see it as soon as possible. Next up is Deepwater Horizon, a film based on the disaster surrounding the Gulf of Mexico explosion and subsequent oil spill based on David Barstow, David Rohde and Stephanie Saul's New York Times piece detailing the rig's final hours. Just knowing Chandor's intimate way of filming makes the film a future top priority. Today the first bit of casting has been announced as Mark Wahlberg will star as the No. »

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Watch: 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' Honest Trailer Shows Off Super Jumping Out of Stuff

21 hours ago

Screen Junkies is taking on this year's much-loved Marvel release Captain America: The Winter Soldier and at the forefront are the Captain's vaguely defined super powers such as "super gymnastics" and "super jumping out of stuff" and the creepy way he freaks out kids and hangs out with this "Gilf". But don't worry, they aren't hating on this one as they call it a "very entertaining, well-directed movie." So sit back as they take have a little fun with one of this year's favorite superhero movies while also doing a little admitted nitpicking. Oh, and Captain America: The Winter Soldier hits DVD and Blu-ray on September 9, but Amazon isn't taking any preorders because they hate you. yt id="JvHyk2ESFCI" width="500" »

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First Official Trailer & Poster for Stephen King Adaptation 'A Good Marriage'

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The first trailer and poster for A Good Marriage, based on the short story by Stephen King from "Full Dark, No Stars" have just premiered. amz asin="B003YUC3YE" size="small"Directed by Peter Askin (Company Man), the film stars Joan Allen as Darcy Anderson, whose husband (Anthony Lapaglia) of more than twenty years is away on one of his business trips and his unsuspecting wife looks for batteries in the garage. Her toe knocks up against a box under a worktable and she discovers her husband's sinister secret. Kristen Connolly and Stephen Lang co-star. Screen Media holds domestic rights to the film, which is set to hit theaters on October 3. Watch the trailer directly below. sb id="977217" height="360" width="640" »

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Benedict Cumberbatch to Voice Shere Khan in Andy Serkis' 'Jungle Book: Origins'

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In 2015, Jon Favreau's The Jungle Book will hit theaters. One year and 13 days later, Andy Serkis's The Jungle Book: Origins will hit theaters. The difference being...c I'm not entirely sure, though the cast will certainly be different. Favreau has already lined up newcomer Neel Sethi to play Mowgli alongside a variety of CG-animated characters including Idris Elba as the voice of Shere Khan, Bill Murray as Baloo, Christopher Walken as King Louie, Giancarlo Esposito as Akela, Ben Kingsley and Lupita Nyong'o as Bagheera and Raksha and Scarlett Johansson as Kaa. Now Serkis is beginning to fill out his cast. First up is Benedict Cumberbatch who will voice the tiger Shere Khan in the film based on the short stories written by Rudyard Kipling, centering on Mowgli, an orphaned boy raised by wolves who befriends Baloo the bear and Bagheera the black panther as he spars with the ferocious tiger Shere Khan. »

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Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg Looking to Reteam for New Movie

22 hours ago

The Cornetto trilogy -- Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and The World's End -- may be over, but that doesn't mean Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg (and let's hope Nick Frost) are done working together as Pegg tells BBC Music (via Digital Spy), "When we said the trilogy was over, it was because that group of films was over... The next thing we do won't do that, it will just be something else. It will happen. We made three films in ten years and hopefully in the next decade we'll make another three." As for what's next, Pegg added, "Edgar and I were having a conversation the other day about it, and it has a title and everything. We're kind of into a creative cycle now... It will happen when we can do it." Hmmmmm, "when we can do it". That's probably because Wright has a film called Baby Driver »

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New Pictures from 'Kill the Messenger' Starring Jeremy Renner

22 hours ago

Focus Features has just released five new pictures from Michael Cuesta's upcoming dramatic thriller Kill the Messenger starring Jeremy Renner. Based on the true story of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Gary Webb (played by Renner), Webb stumbles onto a story which leads to the shady origins of the men who started the crack epidemic on the nation's streets...and further alleges that the CIA was aware of major dealers who were smuggling cocaine into the U.S., and using the profits to arm rebels fighting in Nicaragua. Despite warnings from drug kingpins and CIA operatives to stop his investigation, Webb keeps digging to uncover a conspiracy with explosive implications. His journey takes him from the prisons of California to the villages of Nicaragua to the highest corridors of power in Washington, D.C. - and draws the kind of attention that threatens not just his career, but his family and his life. »

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Podcast: Thoughts on Torrenting Movies, New DVDs and Blu-rays, Your Questions & More

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Today's episode almost seems laid back compared to this past Friday's as Laremy and I touch on a couple of news bits, talk a lot about torrenting movies, discuss the new DVD and Blu-ray releases, play some games and get out of here relatively unscathed. In addition to that, the numbers are final and our next audio commentary will be for Face/Off. The poll results are directly below. poll id="359" If you are on Twitter, we have a Twitter account dedicated to the podcast at @bnlpod. Give us a follow won'tchac I want to remind you that you can call in and leave us your comments, thoughts, questions, etc. directly on our Google Voice account, which you can call and leave a message for us at (925) 526-5763, which may be even easier to remember at (925) 5-bnl-pod. Just call, leave us a voice mail and we'll add those to the show and respond directly. »

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Watch: Second, Intense Trailer for 'Fury' Starring Brad Pitt and Shia Labeouf

23 hours ago

So far the only festival appearance for David Ayer's Fury is as the closing night film at the BFI London Film Festival, but that's a premiere that comes after the October 17 domestic release date so the big question is to now wonder when and if it will find itself among the selection at either the New York or Telluride Film Festivals. However, while we wait and mull over those possibilities, Sony has released a brand new trailer for the World War II tank drama for you to chew on. Set at the very end of World War II, in April 1945, Fury find the Allies making their final push in the European Theater, while a battle-hardened army sergeant named Wardaddy (Brad Pitt) commands a Sherman tank and her five-man crew on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. Outnumbered and outgunned, Wardaddy and his men face overwhelming odds in their heroic »

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First Look at Paul Rudd in Marvel's 'Ant-Man'

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Production just got underway yesterday and already we have our first look at Paul Rudd as Scott Lang in Ant-Man for director Peyton Reed. The picture comes via USA Today where Rudd said, "The way technology has advanced just in the last few years, picturing this world, what they can do with this kind of story line and character, I thought this could be something that could be very strange and hasn't been seen before... I was really excited about being a part of something like that." Set for release on July 17, 2015, Rudd co-stars alongside Michael Douglas, Michael Pena, Evangeline Lilly, Corey Stoll, John Slattery, Bobby Cannavale, Judy Greer and Tip Harris. Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, con-man Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) must embrace his inner-hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man »

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Black Adam or Shazamc Dwayne Johnson Can't Decide What DC Character He'll Be

23 hours ago

Back in late July, Dwayne Johnson all but confirmed he'd be playing Shazam in an upcoming DC Comics movie for Warner Bros. The quote went like this: "There's a character out there that we're going to announce very soon, that I'm going to play. I'll just say this, he has the power of Superman, and it's not Green Lantern, by the way. And believe me, John Stewart, he was a character I wanted to play, but there was already a version of Green Lantern, and so we've gone in a different direction. But this character has the power of Superman, he can throw down... Just say the word. That's all I'm going say." The "Just say the word" bit is what people are glomming onto, but now, in an interview with the Associated Press, Johnson says he isn't sure whether he'd rather play Billy Batson (aka Shazam) or his enemy, »

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Tiff 2014: First Trailer for '71' With 'Unbroken' Star, Jack O'Connell

23 hours ago

Just announced this morning, Berlin Film Festival standout '71, directed by Yann Demange, was added to the 2014 Toronto Film Festival lineup. The pic stars Jack O'Connell whose name is one you better get used to hearing as he also stars in Angelina Jolie's Unbroken later this year and clearly appears to be a star on the rise. Taking place over the course of a single night in the life of a young British soldier (O'Connell), '71 follows his plight as he's accidentally abandoned by his unit following a riot on the streets of Belfast in 1971. Unable to tell friend from foe, and increasingly wary of his own comrades, he must survive the night alone and find his way to safety through a disorientating, alien and deadly landscape. Paul Anderson, Richard Dormer and Sean Harris co-star. Roadside picked the film up out of Berlin, but has yet to set a domestic release date, »

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'Spider-Man 2', 'Only Lovers Left Alive', 'Y Tu Mama Tambien' and More On DVD & Blu-ray This Week

19 August 2014 8:00 AM, PDT

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 For as much as everyone on the Internet claims to hate this movie it will be interesting to see how well it does in DVD and Blu-ray sales. Personally, while I didn't love The Amazing Spider-Man 2, I also didn't hate it with all the fiery passion everyone else seems to have, but hey, what can you doc It clearly has contributed to the sinking of the franchise as Sony attempts to refocus and move their attention from the webslinger for a while and over to films spinning off from this latest attempt at creating a franchise.

Only Lovers Left Alive One of the best films of 2014 and one I was recently asked if it was worth a blind buy. That's a tough one, but I think it's safe to say that if Only Lovers Left Alive, a "laughing quietly to myself" film about modern day »

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Tiff 2014: 'St. Vincent', Francos 'Fury', Cannes Palme d'Or Winner and New Ghibli Added to Lineup

19 August 2014 7:37 AM, PDT

The 2014 Toronto Film Festival lineup got a lot stronger this morning by adding several new titles to the Special Presentations, Masters, Documentaries, Vanguard and Contemporary World Cinema selection as well as announcing the Mavericks and Discovery Programme picks. Most notable selections begin with Special Presentations additions of The Weinstein's St. Vincent starring Bill Murray and Melissa McCarty and James Franco's The Sound and the Fury. The St. Vincent screening will be a world premiere and suggest Murray will be walking the Tiff red carpet... now that's a get for the fest I'm sure brings a smile to their face. In the Masters selection we have Studio Ghibli's The Tale of Princess Kaguya as well as the Cannes Film Festival Palme d'Or winner, Nuri Bilge Ceylan's Winter Sleep. The Vanguard selection has added The Voice, the lastest film from Persepolis helmer Marjane Satrapi and in the Mavericks selection »

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Watch: Jason Reitman's 'Men, Women & Children' Trailer

19 August 2014 6:57 AM, PDT

Paramount has premiered the first trailer for Jason Reitman's Men, Women & Children, almost out of nowhere revealing just yesterday the film will drop on limited basis on October 3 and going wide on October 17. The ensemble dramedy, co-owritten by Reitman along with Erin Cressida Wilson based on the novel by Chad Kultgen with a cast that includes Adam Sandler, Jennifer Garner, Rosemarie DeWitt, Judy Greer, Ansel Elgort, J.K. Simmons and Dennis Haysbert. amz asin="B004MMEIFA" size="small"The film is said to explore the sexual pressures of junior high school students and their parents navigating the internet's shared landscape of pornography, blogs, social networking and its promise of opportunities, escapes, reinvented identities and unexpected conflicts. I'll be seeing this one at the Toronto Film Festival, which is where I saw Reitman's Labor Day last year and left with an extremely sour taste in my mouth. Here's to hoping Men, »

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Pixar's 'Good Dinosaur' Has Been Completely Reimagined

18 August 2014 7:43 PM, PDT

It's almost amazing there won't be a Pixar movie for the Academy to favor over better animated films during this year's awards season, which leaves room for studios such as Laika to land what may be their first Best Animated Feature win. However, next year the animated power house will be back with not one but two new films, the first being Inside Out in June along with The Good Dinosaur, and in a new interview with Collider, John Lithgow, who voices one of the characters in Good Dinosaur, has revealed that since director Bob Peterson was removed from the project and it was delayed from 2014 to November 25, 2015, it has undergone some serious changes. "I recorded the entire role in Good Dinosaur," Lithgow said. "They have now dismantled it and completely reimagined it, and it is a fantastic new story. So I'm gonna record again on it within the next month. »

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