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Freelance concept artist Serg Soul created this great character design for Batgirl. As you can see, it's got more of a slick and technological look to it than previous Batgirl designs that we've seen. The artist said that he wanted to do a version of Batgirl that would fit in with the current Batman films, and that it was inspired by the classic Batman Beyond cartoon. You can check out some similar Batman fan art here, which shows Batman in a tech style outfit. »
- Joey Paur
A few thoughts before my weekly round up...
Before I sit and watch this first episode of Gotham, I am forced to consider what it could be, what could happen, what shape it might take.
You see, first and foremost...I am a Batman fan. To me, Batman will always be the epitome of the vigilante: I see his struggle not as an addendum to the law, not as a political statement, or even a psychosis waiting to be diagnosed. Instead I see one man's struggle to find peace with a world with which he empathises. Through the personal experience of childhood trauma he can see through the eyes of others and in him burns a desire to correct those injustices because he can.
For fans of The Caped Crusader, Bruce Wayne’s trusty vehicular companion is an indelible staple within any incarnation of Batman. It’s also one that attracts a lot of attention precisely because, with each passing iteration, the Batmobile is carefully refined to better suit the world it inhabits — be it the gothic-inspired take with Tim Burton’s movie or the brute force of Christopher Nolan’s Tumbler. It is, for all intents and purposes, a character in its own right.
So, with Zack Snyder’s Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice looming on the horizon, fans are understandably tripping over themselves to learn more about the latest model. We’ve seen on-set images and photos that take us up close and personal with the formidable, heavily-armed goliath, but according to sources close to Batman News, the Batmobile we know isn’t the only vehicle in Mr. Wayne’s garage. »
- Michael Briers
Makeup artist Rick Baker, the man behind everything from "An American Werewolf in London" to "Coming to America" to "Maleficent," has worked out of his current studio — a Hogwarts-like prosthetics laboratory that doubles as a museum to past work — for 20 years. He set it up because his last work space was too small. On movies like Tim Burton’s “Planet of the Apes” remake or Ron Howard’s live-action “Grinch,” Baker would command a team of nearly 100 people, toiling away over Whos from Whoville and articulate monkey masks. Today, he’s looking to downsize. CG is a tidal force. If a movie’s going to have 100 apes storming into battle, they’re going to be digital. Baker isn’t out of commission, but he’s aware the days of giant makeup jobs are behind him. In a new video commissioned by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, Baker takes »
- Matt Patches
Two weeks ago, in the span of about 24 hours, the universe of superhero movies rapidly expanded in a series of bizarre new directions. First came news that Marvel was actively considering making the next Captain America movie into the next Iron Man movie, in a story arc that would cull material from the mid-2000s mega-crossover "Civil War." Coincidentally or probably not, Warner Bros. chose that precise cultural moment to announce that they were planning a whole bunch of DC superhero movies. Wonder Woman? Aquaman? Cyborg? Check, check, checkeroo! Several readers wrote in with their own thoughts on the Marvel and DC Cinematic Universes. »
- Darren Franich
Final Update, Monday, 2:25 Pm: The finally tallies are in with Universal’s horror film Ouija and the Keanu Reeves’ actioner John Wick winning the No. 1 and No. 2 spots, respectively. St. Vincent, which went wide, did okay for The Weinstein Co. With terrific exit polling, it should get some more play. In their second weekends, Sony/Qed’s Fury held well (-44%) as did Fox’s animated The Book of Life (-41%). Relativity’s The Best of Me wasn’t as lucky (-54%). Noteworthy: We’ve included the grosses for the Bollywood heist film Happy New Yea from our own sources as Rentrak did not report for it. There are still no official numbers for the the film which we know tallied biggest opening weekend in Indian Cinema history (per its producer). Strange as to why they are not touting the numbers and reporting them as soon as possible, but »
- Anita Busch
This weekend saw the expansion of Birdman, a critically heralded comedy that's been tearing up the indie box office and spurring early Oscar talk. With more of you having had a chance to see what all the buzz was about, we thought today would be a great time to dig into the inspirations that made this thoroughly modern and wildly fun movie everything it is. Basically, what movies helped Birdman take flight. But be warned, the deeper you go into this feature, the more spoilers lurk ahead. Batman Michael Keaton has been pulling in scads of praise for leading Birman's insane ensemble as Riggan Thomson, a washed up movie star best known for fronting a series of superhero movies in the 1980s. Where Thomson had Birdman, Keaton--of course--had Batman, a role that radically changed his casting niche and career legacy forever. Before Batman, Keaton was largely known as a comedic »
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s Birdman is currently making waves and kicking up early Oscar buzz (read our review here), and thanks to Vanity Fair we now have some great behind-the-scenes photos from the film to share, which feature Inarritu with film stars Michael Keaton (Batman), Edward Norton (The Incredible Hulk), and Emma Stone (The Amazing Spider-Man 2). Check them out below….
Birdman is out now in the States and opens on January 2nd 2015 in the UK, with a cast that also includes Andrea Riseborough (Oblivion), Zach Galifianakis (The Hangover), Naomi Watts (21 Grams) and Amy Ryan (Gone Baby Gone).
The post Check out some cool Birdman behind-the-scenes photos appeared first on Flickering Myth. »
- James Garcia
As silly as Tim Burton and Nicolas Cage's Superman Lives movie probably would have been, I still kind of wish we could have seen how is would have turned out, especially after everything I've learned about the production over the years. There's going to be a lot more to learn about it in a documentary currently in development called The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened? wihch is being made by filmmaker Jon Schnepp. You can watch the trailer for that here.
We don't have to wait for that to be released to be filled in on some additional information about the film though. Movies.com talked to one of the screenwriters who worked on Superman Lives, Dan Gilroy, who recently wrote the script for the upcoming film Nightcrawler. During the interview, the writer was asked about his favorite script that he worked on that never made it to the screen, »
- Joey Paur
30 years ago, director Ivan Reitman unleashed a little movie called Ghostbusters and the cinemagoing public went wild. Buoyed by a brilliant script from Harold Ramis and Dan Ayrkord, and an outstanding cast led by Bill Murray, the film became an instant pop cultural phenomenon.
A sequel followed five years later and now, three decades after its initial release, a third movie is due to go into production under the guidance of Bridesmaids director Paul Feig. Reitman, onboard as a producer for the new outing, spoke to Digital Spy about the film's legacy.
Did you know the comedy director provided the voice of Slimer? Find out about this and more as Reitman reminisces about the iconic film series below...
"I'm really proud of Ghostbusters, it holds up. I think it's part of the group of movies I made in the first half of my career that have remarkably stood the test of time. »
As many of you are no doubt aware, Tim Burton was set to foll0w-up his two Batman movies in the mid-90s with a reboot of the Superman franchise entitled Superman Lives, which would have seen Nicolas Cage starring as the Man of Steel. Burton spent several years – and a fortune of Warner Bros.’ money – developing the movie before it was abandoned, and now screenwriter Dan Gilroy has spoken about his work on the project during a promotional interview for his directorial debut Nightcrawler.
“I spent a year working with Tim Burton on his Superman Lives movie and the day they pulled the plug on that was very, very disappointing. It was disappointing for all of us: for me, for Tim, for Nic Cage, for Jon Peters. We were very far along and Warner Bros. had gone through a cycle where nothing they were making was connecting and they »
- Gary Collinson
Will the Dark Knight cast a big shadow over the Man of Steel in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice? Insiders say that DC/Warner Bros. is planning to put the spotlight firmly on their box-office champ, the Caped Crusader of Gotham, rather than on the man from Metropolis.
Superman may become a super sidekick in the upcoming Superman v. Batman: Dawn of Justice. According to the site Batman-On-Film.com, insiders say that the film will be very “Bat-heavy”, and Superman will be shoved down to the second rung of the ladder.
DC has a lot of faith in Batman, since he’s been their most successful franchise player, going all the way back to Tim Burtons’s hit films starring Michael Keaton. The Nolan trilogy was a gold mine for Warner Bros. in recent years. However, they don’t have the same faith in the man from Krypton, »
- email@example.com (Rob Young)
One of the first major tentpole films in development that this site covered way back in the late 1990s may finally see the light of day.
After directing both the successful "Batman Forever" and the widely derided "Batman & Robin," filmmaker Joel Schumacher was originally slated to helm a third film entitled "Batman: Triumphant" based on a script by Mark Protosevich.
Schumacher has previously stated that following Tim Burton's two films, the studio pushed him to make Batman more family and merchandise friendly - especially in regards to "Batman and Robin". Schumacher want to go darker though, and after the widespread rejection towards "Batman & Robin" the hope was 'Triumphant' would allow him to do that. Unfortunately the project never made it out of development.
At the time it was rumored The Scarecrow would serve as the villain, with his fear toxin allowing for Batman to have visions of The Joker. »
- Garth Franklin
Less then 10 years after Tim Burton brought The Dark Knight to the big screen in 1989's Batman, the franchise was essentially killed off by the 1997 critical and commercial disaster Batman & Robin. It lay dormant until Christopher Nolan breathed new life into the popular character with his hugely successful Dark Knight trilogy. Joel Schumacher directed both the 1995 hit Batman Forever and Batman & Robin, and he was slated to make a third film entitled Batman: Triumphant, which was written by Mark Protosevich. But it was killed after Batman & Robin tanked. Today, Bleeding Cool reports that Joel Schumacher is revisiting the Batman franchise with a 12-issue comic book that outlines his original vision for all three films, including the one that never saw the light of day.
If you’re a Batman fan, then chances are you shudder when you hear the words “Joel Schumacher”. Having delivered the then-most successful Batman film with 1995’s Batman Forever, the director brought the franchise to its knees two years later with 1997’s Batman & Robin, forcing Warner Bros. to pull the plug on his planned sequel, which was going by the title of Batman Triumphant.
Well, if you’re a glutton for punishment and curious as to where Schumacher might have taken the series next, you may be interested in a report from Bleeding Cool, who has apparently heard that Schumacher is penning a twelve-issue Batman comic book series drawn by artist Dustin Nguyen, which will “revisit his intentions for the three films [and tell] one story”, giving us “his original vision for the movies.”
- Gary Collinson
“A thing is a thing, not what is said of that thing.” That’s a message on a postcard displayed on the dressing room mirror of Riggan Thompson (Michael Keaton) in Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue Of Ignorance). With that phrase in mind, I feel it’s best to simply say, “Go see the movie. Then we can talk about it.” I could leave this review at that considering the film brings into question the role of the critic when an actor, director, or artist puts their heart and soul on the line for his or her art. But just plainly urging you to see the movie is also counter-productive when there is so much love, effort, and ideas pulsating from this work of art. And it is just that. Birdman is a work of art. Don’t take my word for it though, go and see it for yourself. »
- Michael Haffner
Switching off Gotham now would be premature damnation of a potentially-excellent show. Rob explains why…
This article talks about Gotham up to episode five. There are no big spoilers, though.
In some corners of the internet, there are those who are already trying to call time on the Gotham TV show. From the small handful of episodes we’ve seen so far (5 have aired stateside and 2 in the UK), a few folk out there are acting all Ra’s al Ghul about the matter and telling us that Gotham is beyond saving and must be allowed to die.
The tone of some of these pieces, we'd suggest, goes beyond criticism into lambasting. It feels somewhat like the cool kids ganging up on the new boy who read the questions wrong in his school entrance exam and landed himself in the bottom set for everything. Sure, there have been mistakes, but »
Chicago – There are parts of “Birdman” that are absolutely breathtaking, in dialogue, performance and visual acumen. Even its subtitle, “The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance” has a wonderful payoff. Michael Keaton provides an Oscar worthy performance as the title character.
The film is cut as if it were one long take, with cinematic coolness from director Alejandro González Iñárritu (“Babel”). If you’ve heard about the film, with Michael Keaton portraying a character that once starred in a huge superhero franchise, then you may think it’s autobiographical – substitute Batman for Birdman. But this is a fully realized and complex character that is mostly unlike the real life and affable Keaton. The performance is up close and personal, it goes places that are both dark and light, it mingles with the energy of the supporting cast with vivid and glorious insight. This is the Michael Keaton that proves he can »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Who doesn't love to laugh? Whether your taste runs to R-rated raunch, classic yuks or witty British humor, you'll find something hilarious to stream on Netflix.
Right now, there are movies starring Robin Williams, Walter Matthau, Jack Black, Goldie Hawn and a nice selection of films showcasing the comedy chops of Joan Cusack. (Availability subject to change, so get streaming now!)
1. "The Addams Family" (1991) PG-13
Everyone's favorite macabre family is wonderfully portrayed by Anjelica Huston as Morticia, Raul Julia as Gomez, Christopher Lloyd as Uncle Fester and Christina Ricci as Wednesday. Spooky fun, just in time for Halloween.
2. "The Bad News Bears" (1976) PG
3. "Bernie" (2011) PG-13
Jack Black stars in the real-life story of a mortician who ends »
- Sharon Knolle
Back in 1997, Russell Crowe and Kim Basinger starred in the fantastic noir thriller L.A. Confidential, and now the same genre will bring them together again 17 years later. THR has word that Basinger (Batman, 8 Mile) has joined the cast of The Nice Guys, the next film from Iron Man 3 and Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang director Shane Black. The film stars Crowe teamed up with Ryan Gosling and follows a private eye (Gosling) and a hired leg breaker (Crowe) who must solve the case of a missing girl and the seemingly unrelated death of a porn star. And just because Basinger has aged doesn't mean she's not getting saucy this time. Read on! The trade reports she will be playing a chief justice who is in bed with the criminals. It remains to be seen if by "in bed" they only mean working with, but we'll have to wait until »
- Ethan Anderton
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