19 items from 2015
In this edition of The Week in Spandex, we look at Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad, Justice League, Aquaman, Wonder Woman, Gotham, Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, Constantine, Batman vs. Robin, Justice League: Throne of Atlantis, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Captain America: Civil War, Ant-Man, Doctor Strange, Guardians of the Galaxy, Agent Carter, A.K.A. Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, The Defenders, X-Men: Apocalypse, Deadpool, X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Dark Knight Trilogy, Black Cat, Powers and more…
We’ll kick things off this week with Warner Bros.’ Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, which gave us a new shot (well, new angle) of Ben Affleck’s Dark Knight thanks to an image of Batman alongside the previously released promo shots of Henry Cavill’s Man of Steel and Gal Gadot’s Amazon Princess, as well as some promotional artwork of the World’s Finest squaring off, »
- Gary Collinson
"Gotham" star Robin Lord Taylor is basking in the glow of some major praise from his Penguin predecessor, Danny DeVito. The "Batman Returns" star recently revealed he's seen the new Fox series and is a fan of Taylor's work so far. "I've watched the show. I think he's a very good young Penguin," he told Access Hollywood. "He's a terrific actor."Well, Robin heard the good word -- and he's thrilled!"I still can't get over it. I've said it before, but I've watched 'Batman Returns' a billion times, it's one of those films where I can continually watch it over and over again because of his performance," Robin tells toofab. "it doesn't get any better than that. I just feels incredible."And while he has yet to meet the "Always Sunny In Philadelphia" star in person, he's very close to someone who could make it happen."Carol Kane, »
- tooFab Staff
No, that’s not the title of the next Batman movie. Well, it might be. I suspect Warner Bros. hasn’t thought that far ahead. They’re too busy trying to make their Aquaman movie without giggling themselves to death.
A couple nights ago I was watching Batman Returns – you’ll recall that was Michael Keaton’s second and final Batflick. At the time of release, which was 1992, I thought it was an uneven movie. By and large, I liked the Catwoman stuff but I thought the Penguin parts were… foul. It’s been quite a while since I’ve seen the movie, so when I surfed past it at a quarter-to-two in the morning, I thought it might be fun to check it out with my older and even more jaded eyes.
I was amused to discover the movie was broader than I remembered, but just as dark. It »
- Mike Gold
Every single month, Netflix adds and subtracts movies and television shows from its roster. Like a mad chemist, it never stops tinkering, both pleasing and infuriating users as more and more is added and subtracted. Think of it like one giant game of Dr. Mario, except instead of pills, we.re dealing with content like The Rocketeer and Apocalypse Now. Today, Netflix announced the movies and TV shows that will be taking their last bow, at least for awhile, and sadly, there are some gems in there. We.ve gone ahead and embedded the entire list of content, courtesy of THR, that will disappear sometime in February. So, spend your evenings getting busy. Leaving On February 1st Airheads (1994) Apocalypse Now (1979) Apocalypse Now Redux (2001) A View to Kill (1985) Blackadder: Seasons One-Four (1983-1989) Babes in Toyland (1961) Batman & Robin (1997) Batman Forever (1995) Batman Returns (1992) Cocoon: The Return (1998) Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988) Down Priscope (1996) Fawlty Towers »
It's a good thing that Netflix is always adding more things to streaming, because come February, the service will be removing some movies and TV shows. Luckily, we know exactly what will be expiring, so you can check out the list and plan your viewing schedule accordingly! Movies A View to a Kill Airheads Apocalypse Now Apocalypse Now Redux Babes in Toyland Batman & Robin Batman Forever Batman Returns Cocoon: The Return Dirty Rotten Scoundrels Down Periscope For Your Eyes Only From Russia With Love Goldfinger Jane Eyre Live and Let Die Mad Max M*A*S*H Nacho Libre Never Say Never Again Revenge School Daze Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Movie The Juror Wishmaster Zodiac Arbitrage (Feb. 5) Dredd (Feb. 23) Ali (Feb. 28) Monkey Trouble (Feb. 28) Panic Room (Feb. 28) TV Series Blackadder Fawlty Towers Hotel Babylon Mi-5 Red Dwarf Jem and the Holograms My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic »
Netflix has just released their lists of what films and TV shows we will see added in February…and what films and TV shows will vanish.
First, the good news: quite a few classic and popular TV shows are making the grade on the streaming service, including the first five seasons of Mash, Hawaii 5-0, and the new season of House of Cards. New additions to the film list include RoboCop, The Brothers Bloom, and Gimme Shelter. While there’s not a lot of quality stuff on offer, there are at least a few new films and TV shows that we can enjoy on the Netflix streaming service.
Now for the bad news: quite a number of favorites are going to vanish from Netflix come February 1. Among these are several James Bond films, Zodiac, Jane Eyre, and Dredd. The TV shows fare even worse, with tons of BBC shows expiring, »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
Having come to the conclusion that it's genuinely useful to tell its users what movies will soon be expiring from its service, Netflix is now releasing a list of the films that will disappear from its coffers (some presumably only for a short time) at the end of every month. Here is a list of what will expire on February 1. Several James Bond films will disappear from Netflix — since they have many times before, expect to see them return at some point soon. We will update the list closer to the end of the month with additional titles.February 1Blackadder (Seasons 1–4) A View to a Kill Airheads Apocalypse Now Apocalypse Now Redux Babes in Toyland Batman & Robin Batman Forever Batman Returns Cocoon: The Return Dirty Rotten Scoundrels Down Periscope Fawlty Towers (Seasons 1–2) For Your Eyes Only From Russia With Love Goldfinger Hotel Babylon (Seasons 1–4) Jane Eyre Live »
- Vulture Editors
By Anjelica Oswald
With Michael Keaton winning the Golden Globe for best actor in a musical or comedy and Eddie Redmayne winning for best actor in a drama, both men continue establishing themselves as the frontrunners in this year’s lead actor race at the Oscars.
Though not new to films, Redmayne starred in Oscar-nominated films such as Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2008) and Les Miserables (2012). His performance as Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything, however, propelled him to widespread acclaim and put him on the radar. He is one of four best actor nominees — along with Keaton, Benedict Cumberbatch and Steve Carell — to receive their first nomination this year.
For most of his career, Keaton was known for his comedic roles, such as Mr. Mom (1983) and Beetlejuice (1988), and for his turn as Batman in Tim Burton’s Batman (1989) and Batman Returns (1992). These roles earned Keaton praise and »
- Anjelica Oswald
“I’ve watched the show. I think he’s a very good young Penguin,” DeVito told Access Hollywood. “He’s a terrific actor.”
It was announced last month that Mark Hamill would be returning to The Flash to reprise his role of The Trickster, but would DeVito be interested in appearing in Gotham in some capacity? “I don’t know about that,” DeVito said. “Again, it’s all about the schedules and the parts and like how the thing is written and what it would be and there are so many particulars.”
Based upon characters »
- Luke Owen
Robin Lord Taylor's Oswald Cobblepot (aka The Penguin) may not be short and stout with flippers for hands like Danny DeVito's Penguin in Tim Burton's 1992 superhero film Batman Returns, but that hasn't stopped Taylor from becoming Gotham's breakout star. In past interviews Taylor had expressed being intimidated about taking on a role that was played so well by Danny DeVito and Burgess Meredith in the 1960s Batman television series. I'm sure he won't feel as intimidated when he hears what DeVito thinks of him. "I've watched the show. I think he's a very good young Penguin," DeVito said. "He's a terrific actor." We've seen actors that portrayed comic book characters on film or on past TV shows reappear on Smallville and The Flash, but would Danny DeVito be interested in returning to Gotham? "I don't know about that," DeVito told Access Hollywood. "Again, it's all about »
"I've watched the show. I think he's a very good young Penguin," Danny said, when AccessHollywood.com asked the actor at Sunday's Television Critics Association Winter Tour if he had seen Robin playing Oswald Cobblepot/The Penguin in "Gotham" on Fox. (Danny played the fully fledged villain in 1992's "Batman Returns," alongside Michael Keaton's Batman).
"He's a terrific actor," Danny added of Robin.
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The Oscar nominations have been announced and these are officially the best movies of the year. Apparently. We guess. The Academy nominated them for Best Picture, so they must be.
In case you don’t have time to watch all eight movies between now and Oscar night, Feb. 22, we’ve drafted up this cheat sheet, so you’ll at least be able to pretend that you’ve seen them:
Who's In It: Phil from The Hangover, Bradley Cooper; that girl from that movie, I think she dated Jude Law? Sienna Miller; plus, it was directed by Clint Eastwood (if you don’t know who he is, ask your dad).
What's It About: The most lethal American sniper in U.S. military history, based on the book American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History (watch the trailer here).
Other Nominations: Cooper for Best Actor, Film Editing »
Last week WhatCulture.com presented an article on the ten worst performances in the seven Batman feature films we’ve been graced with since 1989. The discussions the article led to were pretty interesting, and one of the noticeable things that came up is that people clearly have a soft spot for the second of Tim Burton’s takes on the Batman Character – the 1992 blockbuster Batman Returns.
Perhaps it’s simply a case of the following films being so awful that Returns looks great by comparison, or perhaps it’s waxing nostalgic for other people. But it is rather strange because quite simply, this movie really isn’t very good. At all.
Some people are quick to argue that critics of the film are too focused on the comic book origins rather than focusing on it as solely a Burton feature. And perhaps that’s fair, but considering Batman »
- Bevan Morgan
Tim Burton is perhaps one of the most unique and exciting filmmakers working today. With a vision inspired by classic horror and a dry wit, his films are often fiercely entertaining and endlessly clever. Of course, that’s not to say that there aren’t dark spots on his filmography. Like every filmmaker he’s had his missteps but even when the movies don’t quite work Burton manages to create films that are visually stunning and artistic. With the recent release of Big Eyes and a possible sequel to Beetlejuice in the works, examining Burton’s work and influence is more important than ever.
17. Planet of the Apes (2001): Even when a Burton film has issues there are usually some redeeming factors (see Darks Shadows’ amazing style) but, oh man, one really has to look hard to find something good in this disaster of a movie. Sure, the makeup »
Michael Keaton always wanted the characters he played to be different.
Keaton, 63, won the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Motion Picture (Comedy or Musical) for his role in Birdman on Sunday, and twenty-eight years ago he told Et how he selects his roles.
"My work is distinct and definitive and specific and hopefully it is so that every single character is different, and they are but -- there's probably an underlying element that's me," Keaton told Et in 1987.
Photos: All of the 2015 Golden Globe Arrivals
In Birdman, Keaton plays a washed-up actor by the name of Riggan Thompson who once played the superhero Birdman in movies, but he must overcome his family troubles in an attempt to reinvent his career on Broadway.
The role, while bold and new for the actor, could easily be seen as an homage to his own portrayal of Bruce Wayne in Batman Returns. There is certainly »
You know you messed up big time when you have to apologise to audiences for a film you directed. That’s exactly what Joel Schumacher ended up doing for Batman & Robin, however, and it’s something that the majority of viewers probably thought was a long time coming. To this day there are still outraged fanboys to be found, on social networks and comment sections across the web, accusing him of killing the Dark Knight.
Y’know, until Christopher Nolan came back and saved his life (and ours). Batman & Robin did wind up being the least successful of Warner Bros’s initial attempt to bring the Caped Crusader to the big screen, but Batman Forever had managed to almost double the gross of Tim Burton’s darker, more brooding Batman Returns.
When Schumacher came on board he threw out the gothic atmosphere Burton loves and went full camp – even more so with his second film, »
- Tom Baker
You have to look far and wide to find Batman fans who.ll defend Joel Schumacher.s contributions to the hero.s cinematic legacy. Normally, when Bat-fans speak of pre-Nolan times, it.s "Tim Burton This" and "Tim Burton That," while conversation drops to a whisper if anyone brings up Batman Forever or . gasp! -- Batman & Robin. Except now, a new theory has been floated that helps explain Why Schumacher.s Batman movies are so different than any other Dark Knight story. and it.s worth exploring. The folks over at Crave have analyzed Joel Schumacher.s two Batman films, and drew strong comparisons to the ways that Gotham is portrayed in the Burton films to the Schumacher efforts. Mainly, the city is dark and somber in Batman and Batman Returns, but lit up like a neon Christmas tree in Forever and Robin. Schumacher has said in the past that »
The former Batman actor is ideally cast as a faded star once famed for his superhero roles
Sometimes a film’s success very much depends on having the right actor in the lead, especially if the film is essentially about that actor. You can’t imagine Being John Malkovich working if Spike Jonze hadn’t persuaded Mr M to take the bait; yes, there are other elegantly eccentric leading men, but Being Jeremy Irons? Being Julian Sands? Hardly the same. Similarly, backstage comedy Birdman – about a faded Hollywood actor once famous for a superhero role – touches a nerve partly because it stars Michael Keaton, whose career declined steadily after Batman Returns (1992). Of course, director Alejandro González Iñárritu might have considered Keaton’s successor in the Batcape, Val Kilmer, but you can’t imagine him being nearly as good; as for the next incumbent of Wayne Manor, George Clooney, playing a shop-soiled also-ran, »
- Jonathan Romney
Keaton told Huffington Post: "[Batman] was a great gig, really fun. I was fortunate to have it, but I haven't gotten round to it (seeing the later films).
"But you could ask me about a whole bunch of movies, and I probably haven't seen it. I kept saying to myself, I should go see one of those, because Christian Bale is such a great actor."
When asked about the possibility of appearing in a Beetlejuice sequel from Burton, Keaton added he would only do it if the proposed movie was "perfect".
He said: "It would have to be really good, otherwise don't mess, leave it alone. »
19 items from 2015
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