5 items from 2014
When director Steven Soderbergh ("Ocean's Eleven," "Magic Mike") announced that he fully intended on following through with his long-discussed retirement, film fanatics everywhere mourned, crying deeply into their Criterion Blu-ray box set of "Che" and wondering what would become of modern cinema.
But he hasn't exactly been resting on his laurels (if that were even possible) -- several of his older films have either been reissued in HD (like "King of the Hill") or are currently being worked on ("Kafka," finally), he's just directed an off-Broadway play in New York ("The Library," written by his frequent collaborator Scott Z. Burns) and, over on his website, he does continually weird stuff like re-editing "Psycho" and "Heaven's Gate."
But the biggest, most ambitious, and most hotly anticipated post-retirement Soderbergh joint is happening this summer: "The Knick," a limited-run Cinemax series that stars Clive Owen as a doctor working at the Knickerbocker Hospital in turn-of-the-century New York. »
- Drew Taylor
The Spider-Man comic book villain Big Man and his Enforcers have been namedropped several times on Sony's Daily Bugle site, and now the little viral interquel between The Amazing Spider-Man and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 appears to have come to its conclusion with the latest article, in which the wall-crawler has apprehended the mob boss:
Spider-Man Lands a Big Fish! by Ned Leeds, City Bureau
A daring nighttime raid by Spider-Man on a nondescript townhouse in Greenwich Village led to the arrest of the reputed organized crime boss, The Big Man. Spider-Man, having conducted his own investigation and in another instance of his now all-too-common vigilantism, left the webbed-up gangster hanging from a lamp post, for the arrival of a surprised police squad.
But the biggest shock of all came when the mask of the Big Man was yanked off and the gangster was revealed to be Daily Bugle crime beat reporter Frederick Foswell! »
- Gary Collinson
After dropping another post earlier in the week [see here], Sony's Daily Bugle viral site has now updated with another two viral articles in support of the upcoming solo sequel The Amazing Spider-Man 2 - the first of which speculates over Spidey's origin, while the second concerns the comic book villain Big Man and his Enforcers...
The Five Borough Blog
We asked our readers how they thought Spider-Man got his powers. You answered by email, text, blog, and even a brick through the window (please refrain from that in the future). Here’s what you had to say:
Lashawn F., Soho
Spider-Guy’s probably suffering from some diseases, I bet, like Arachno Syndrome, or Tarantulitis (my little brother came up with those, he’s mad funny)! He climbs walls, he shoots webs, and he eats bugs. He can never show his face cause he’s probably got fly-eyes or something. You know, »
- Gary Collinson
After a pair of edgy indies and a Palme d’Or to boot, Steven Soderbergh was given his first opportunity to bed down with the studio system and take advantage of the much deeper pockets that such an opportunity affords, but no one expected that under the watch of Universal the young auteur would make the polished and saccharine King of the Hill his first project. Adapted from A. E. Hotchner’s depression era memoir of the same title in which a preadolescent boy named Aaron is faced with the harsh realities of true poverty, Soderbergh’s first studio effort remains a wholesome oddity within a filmography that seems increasingly chameleonic, but rarely sentimental. After the subversion of Sex, Lies, and Videotape and the experimentalism of the bio-pic Kafka, the chances that his next film would boast the fluffiness of a made for TV afternoon special about how hard it »
- Jordan M. Smith
On Friday, the latest bit of casting news for the upcoming Batman vs. Superman was announced by its director, Zack Snyder. "Having Jesse [Eisenberg] in the role," he said of the new Lex Luthor, "allows us to...take the character in some new and unexpected directions." New and unexpected directions. Remember that. It'll come up later.
People tweeted in uproar, others more wisely reserved judgement until they see the film itself. But there was another piece of casting news, one overshadowed by the Lexenberg announcement, and one that might just hint as to what these "new and unexpected directions" are: Jeremy Irons as Alfred Pennyworth.
Here's what the director had to say on Irons' casting:
As everyone knows, Alfred is Bruce Wayne’s most trusted friend, ally and mentor, a noble guardian and father figure. He is an absolutely »
- Oliver Davis
5 items from 2014
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