14 items from 2014
Our weekly round up of all the latest stories from the world of screen superheroes, including Batman vs. Superman, Watchmen, Gotham, Arrow, The Flash, Constantine, Teen Titans Go!, Green Lantern: The Animated Series, Batman: The Animated Series, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Marvel's Avengers Assemble, X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Fantastic Four, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and more...
In a week that's seen Bryan Cranston (Godzilla, Breaking Bad) confirming that he was never approached about the role of Lex Luthor for Batman vs. Superman, director Zack Snyder and his wife and producing partner Deborah Snyder have spoken about leaks, with Deborah stating that: "Things get leaked so often these days, it's a shame because even casing announcements, or whatever, you're in the middle of a process and sometimes they're so off base -- and then it gets picked up by »
- Gary Collinson
Danny Trejo (Machete) and Danny Glover (Lethal Weapon) star in the action-packed follow-up to the 2012 cult hit Bad Ass with Bad Ass 2: Bad Asses, sucker punching its way onto Digital HD March 25 and on Blu-ray and DVD April 8 from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. Returning writer and director Craig Moss (Breaking Wind, 30 Nights of Paranormal Activity with the Devil Inside the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) brings our two unlikely heroes together to deliver the most hard-hitting, butt-kicking movie experience to hit home entertainment this year.
Vietnam vet Frank Vega (Trejo) now runs an East L.A. community center where he trains young boxers to survive in and out of the ring. But when his prize student falls in with the wrong crowd and turns up dead, Frank teams up with his pal Bernie (Glover) to take matters into their own fists and prove that justice never gets old. »
Last week producer Joel Silver (Lethal Weapon, Non-Stop) spoke about his previous plans to bring Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons' seminal comic book tale Watchmen to the screen, during which he stated that his and Terry Gilliam's (Brazil, The Zero Theorem) adaptation would have been "Much better" than what we ultimately got from Zack Snyder in 2009 [read Silver's comments here]. Well, Snyder has now taken a break from publicity on 300: Rise of an Empire and pre-production on the Man of Steel sequel Batman vs. Superman to fire back at Silver stating that he made his version of the movie "to save it from the Terry Gilliams of this world."
"It's funny because the biggest knock against the movie is that we finally changed the ending, right? And if you read the Gilliam ending, it's completely insane [or, as Deborah Snyder interjects - "The fans would have been thinking that they were smoking crack"]. The fans would have stormed the castle on that one. So, honestly, I made Watchmen for myself. »
- Gary Collinson
These days especially, what matters in a three-and-a-half hour awards show like Sunday's 86th annual Academy Awards is not who won or lost -- though the victories for Steve McQueen's "12 Years a Slave" and Alfonso Cuaron's "Gravity" seemed to be part of history in the making -- but which moments were most likely to go viral.
In case you missed the Ellen DeGeneres-hosted extravaganza -- or nodded off at some point during its 212 minutes -- here are the best and worst of the evening's memorable moments.
Best DeGeneres Opening Monologue Joke
Poking fun at Hollywood vanities and neuroses, she said, "I'm not saying movies are the most important thing in the world, because we all know the most important thing in the world is youth. But really, we know that the most important thing in life is love and friendship and family. And if people don't have those things, »
- Gary Susman
Back in 2009, Zack Snyder achieved what many thought impossible when he brought Alan Moore and Dave Hibbons seminal comic book Watchmen to the screen. However, things could have been different had Joel Silver (Lethal Weapon, Die Hard) had his way, with the producer spending much of the late 80s and the early 90s attempting to get his own adaptation off the ground alongside director Terry Gilliam (Brazil, The Zero Theorem). And, speaking to Coming Soon, Silver has spoken about his plans for Watchmen, stating that their take on the material would have been "Much better" than that of Snyder:
"It was a Much much better movie. Oh God. I mean, Zack [Snyder] came at it the right way but was too much of a slave to the material. [We were working from] a Sam Hamm script--who had written a script that everybody loved for the first Batman - and then [Gilliam] brought in a guy who'd »
- Gary Collinson
Director: Tim Story; Screenwriters: Greg Coolidge, Jason Mantzoukas, Phil Hay, Matt Manfredi; Starring: Ice Cube, Kevin Hart, Tika Sumpter, Laurence Fishburne; Running time: 100 mins; Certificate: 12A
Whatever happened to the buddy comedy? We're now 30 years removed (or near enough) from '80s classics such as Lethal Weapon, 48 Hrs and Midnight Run, and nobody's really managed to get close to those action-comedies in the decades since.
Ride Along, the genre's latest offering, could sure do with some of the tack-sharp writing and punchy character work from the likes of Shane Black and Walter Hill. Though it's sporadically amusing - thanks in main to a motor-mouthed turn from comic Kevin Hart - it's not really a patch on any if its livewire predecessors. At best it's in line with the ropey Rush Hour sequels.
Joel Silver is behind some of the finest action movies ever made, with the likes of Die Hard, Lethal Weapon and The Matrix to his name. Now the renowned producer has teamed up again with Spanish director Jaume Collet-Serra to bring us Non-Stop, and we had the pleasure of sitting down with the pair to discuss their latest endeavour.
Silver discusses what it is to him that makes an action movie special, and what he feels Non-Stop brings to the genre. The pair also discuss their adulation for leading star Liam Neeson, and what be brings to the role at hand, while finally the pair talk about their own working relationship, and what they believe to be so special about their collaborative process.
Non-Stop is out now, and you can check out the rest of our coverage for the film here.
- Stefan Pape
The laundry list of Joel Silver's production credits hits with the magnitude of an explosion, sometimes every ten minutes, that you might find in one of his films: The Warriors , 48 Hours , Die Hard , Predator , Sherlock Holmes , all four "Lethal Weapon" flicks and a little trilogy called "The Matrix." While racking up over $13 billion dollars in revenue for studios, he's also alienated a fair share of them (including his recent boot from Warner Bros.), in some cases being notoriously banned from studio lots for, politely termed, "excessive personality." The mythic legend of hyperbolic movie producer Joel Silver was not necessarily squashed but certainly given a different shade as we sat down for an exclusive 15-minute talk that evolved into a »
With films like Die Hard, Lethal Weapon, Predator, The Matrix and many, many more to his name, if anyone can produce an action film that takes place in the confines of an airplane, it’s Joel Silver. His latest producorial endeavor is Jaume Collet-Serra’s Non-Stop. It features Liam Neeson as Bill Marks, an air marshal who receives anonymous text messages during a transatlantic flight, demanding that he either fork over $150 million or lose a passenger every 20 minutes. With Non-Stop due for a February 28th release, Collider got the chance to talk to Silver about the challenges of the production. Even after losing a truck full of cameras to Hurricane Sandy, they still managed to pull everything together, building an entire airplane outfitted with ceilings perfect for Neeson’s height and tracks that adhered to Collet-Serra’s shot selection, and selecting roughly 200 extras to portray the other passengers for the entirety of the shoot. »
- Perri Nemiroff
"The Lethal Weapon" star and the Russian songwriter were involved in a heated custody battle over their daughter Lucia in 2011, and Grigorieva won $750,000 (484,000 pounds) from the settlement, which is to be paid in instalments until 2016.
But three years later, her funds have dissipated, and Grigorieva has filed for bankruptcy, reports tmz.com.
In legal documents obtained by the news site, she has declared $48,000 (28,749 pounds) in assets, but $438,000 (262,590 pounds) in debts.
Grigorieva claims she is owed. »
- Anita Agarwal
"Thor 3" is coming. For better or worse.
Now, there are certainly levels of quality when it comes to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. On the top tier there are energetic, funny gems like Joss Whedon's hellzapoppin' team-up movie "The Avengers," and last summer's witty blast "Iron Man 3" (co-written and directed, with some aplomb, by "Lethal Weapon" scribe Shane Black). Then there are those middle-of-the-road movies, like "Captain America: The First Avenger," which are adequate but unmemorable. And, at the bottom of the Marvel barrel, was "Thor: The Dark World," a movie that was staggeringly unimaginative, sloppy and plodding, seemingly only staged in order to bridge the gap between "The Avengers" and whatever Marvel has up its magically enchanted sleeve. It had its moments, for sure, and the humor was pretty great (Thor as a fish-out-of-water still works surprisingly well), but it kind of proved that Thor-centered, stand-alone movies aren't the best. »
- Drew Taylor
Not sure how Dread worthy this one is gonna end up, but given the cast and its premise, we just cannot resist. Read on for the first details on the new post-apocalyptic flick Signs of Death. Hurry, before you croak!
From the Press Release
Ambi Pictures, the Italy-based film development, finance, and production company run by Andrea Iervolino and Monika Bacardi, announces that Danny Glover (pictured; Lethal Weapon series, Saw), Daryl Hannah (Kill Bill, Blade Runner), Rutger Hauer (Blade Runner, Sin City), Stephen Baldwin (The Usual Suspects, Born on the 4th of July), and Michael Madsen (Reservoir Dogs, Kill Bill) have signed on to star in the action thriller Sights of Death / S.O.D, which will be directed by Alessandro Capone (L'amore nascosto, Superstition 2).
Principal photography will commence this month in Rome. Monika Bacardi and Andrea Iervolino are producing the film through their Ambi Pictures banner.
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- Uncle Creepy
Let's get one thing out of the way first, Kevin Hart is hilarious. Even in a toned down, third-rate, PG-13 buddy comedy like Ride Along he's hilarious. However, when I see it took four people -- Greg Coolidge, Jason Mantzoukas, Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi -- to write a screenplay that could just as easily be outlined on a napkin before handed over to Hart while telling him to improvise the rest frustrates me. Of that lot only Mantazoukas has anything respectable to his credit while Hay and Manfredi have brought us the likes of R.I.P.D., Clash of the Titans and Aeon Flux. Suffice to say, without Hart, Ride Along would have been unwatchable. In the opening minutes we meet Ice Cube as hard-boiled detective James Payton, working undercover, attempting to learn the identity of some anonymous villain named Omar. Things go bad, the bad guys find out he's a »
- Brad Brevet
So as Hugh brings the mullet back, we dig out more memorable follicular follies for Digital Spy's best mullets in movie history - from repeat offender Kurt Russell to David Bowie's cult coiffure below:
Could there possibly be a mullet more mullety than these two matching mullets as worn by Woody Harrelson and Juliette Lewis in Natural Born Killers? The disturbed couple sport similar 'dos during their rampant killing spree in the trippy Oliver Stone drama. »
14 items from 2014