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10 Reasons Snyder’s Batman Will Be Superior To Nolan’s

16 September 2014 2:05 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Christopher Nolan’s popular Dark Knight trilogy salvaged a franchise that had become a joke to the public at large. Tim Burton’s 1989 film Batman and its sequel, Batman Returns, hit it big with mainstream audiences. Unfortunately, Burton passed the directorial reigns off to Joel Schumacher who ran the franchise into the ground with two widely derided sequels.

Nolan rehabilitated Batman’s public image when it was at its worst, taking the character to new heights of financial and critical success by grounding the action in a realistic setting. Once again the baton has been passed to a new director, Zack Snyder. Snyder faces a seemingly impossible challenge: create a new interpretation of Batman that will live-up to Nolan’s legacy and satisfy legions of Bat-fans spoiled by Nolan’s superlative films.

Despite what some cynical fans might say, the news and images we’ve been teased with so far »

- Travis Earl

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The evolution of the Batmobile

11 September 2014 5:38 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

With the announcement of a new Batmobile via some leaked photos and then Zack Synder’s Twitter account, we at Flickering Myth decided to look at the various incarnations of the The Dark Knight’s most iconic of accessories….

Batman #27

The Batmobile first debuted in DC Comics’ Batman #27, a red convertible with nothing overly special in its functionality. But in an interesting piece of trivia, the term “Batmobile” was not used until Detective Comics #48 in 1941.

Batman ’66

Moving into the live action realm on our list is one of the most well-loved looks for people of “a certain age” of the Batmobile, courtesy of the 1966 Batman TV series starring Adam West and Burt Ward as the dynamic duo. With great gadgets like an anti-theft switch, Bat Beam, Mobile Batcomputer and the Emergency Bat-turn lever, this version of the Batmobile is well respected and has been used by many as their transport on their wedding days. »

- Luke Owen

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Ranked: Every Summer Movie Season Since 1980 - Part 1

8 September 2014 4:11 AM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

Summer movie season is a magic time of year when Hollywood traditionally rolls out its most appealing merchandise. It’s true that some summer movie seasons are better than others. This is our ranking of all the summer movie seasons since 1980 from worst to best. 

On January 20th, 1975, Steven Spielberg and Universal Studios released Jaws. The movie landscape would be forever changed from that date. Jaws is widely credited as being the first blockbuster film because it was the first movie to make over $100 million (non-adjusted). The fact that the film had a meager $8 million budget meant that it was a huge cash cow for the studio and rocketed Spielberg to the the forefront of a new generation of filmmakers for a new era of movie mass-consumption. George Lucas and Spielberg followed up in 1977 with Star Wars, which became a sensational and very profitable hit. It helped to convince production »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (G.S. Perno)

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Michael Keaton Facts: 29 Things You (Probably) Don't Know About the Actor

5 September 2014 3:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Twenty-five years after he first donned the cape as Batman, Michael Keaton is back and exploring his superhero past.

Keaton got his start on "Mister Rogers," though, most of his work was surprisingly behind the scenes. It really wouldn't be until 1982 that the actor would break out in Ron Howard's "Night Shift," and a few years later, his career went into overdrive. After collaborating with Tim Burton on "Beetlejuice" (1988), the director cast him as the legendary Bruce Wayne in "Batman" (1989). This fall, he revisits his superhero past in Alejandro González Iñárritu's "Birdman," and the acclaim is already rolling in.

From his connection to "Lost" to his history with Larry David, here are 29 things you probably don't know about Michael Keaton.

1. Michael Keaton was born September 5, 1951 in Coraopolis, Pennsylvania to Leona Loftus and George A. Douglas.

2. His father worked as a civil engineer and surveyor, while his mother was a homemaker. »

- Jonny Black

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‘Starring Adam West’ Trailer: The Life and Times of a Superhero Icon

4 September 2014 6:00 AM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

There’s a funny scene in Neighbors where two drunk dudes argue about which actor is the definitive Batman. For 30something Seth Rogen, it’s Michael Keaton of Batman and Batman Returns. For college kid Zac Efron, it’s Christian Bale from the Christopher Nolan films. And in the future, for kids even younger than that, it could […]

The post ‘Starring Adam West’ Trailer: The Life and Times of a Superhero Icon appeared first on /Film. »

- Angie Han

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Alejandro González Iñárritu on Why He Wanted Michael Keaton for Birdman

2 September 2014 8:00 AM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

In 1989, Michael Keaton became a star after playing the title role in Tim Burton's Batman and Batman Returns. He has continued to act in the two decades since, but none of those roles have been as big as the one under the cowl. When it was time to make Birdman, his dark comedy about a former superhero actor who tries to make a play for respectability by putting on a Broadway play, director Alejandro González Iñárritu knew that Keaton was the one, the guy who could "bring the authority, a kind of a meta-dialogue to the film." Birdman played the Telluride Film Festival this past weekend following its world premiere in Venice. John Horn, host of The Frame — a new daily arts and entertainment show that Southern California Public Radio's Kpcc will be launching soon — was there and spoke with Iñárritu about choosing his star. “I always »

- Vulture Editors

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Movie Review – The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920)

29 August 2014 10:06 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (a.k.a. Das Cabinet des Caligari), 1920.

Directed by Robert Wiene.

Starring Werner Krauss, Conrad Viedt, Friedrich Fehér, Hans Lanser-Rudolff, Hans Heinrich von Twardowski and Lil Dagover.

Synopsis:

At a local carnival in a small German Town, hypnotist Dr. Caligari presents the somnambulist Cesare, who can purportedly predict the future of curious fairgoers. But at night, the doctor wakes Cesare from his sleep to enact his evil bidding…

The history of cinema harks back to few films that are as important and iconic as Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari. An expressionist masterpiece, Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari is, for a limited time, back in the cinema. Re-mastered and screened from August 29th, the cinematic experience is a rare treat as the hand-painted backdrops and subtle face make-up can be seen up-close and appreciated in the way it was intended (perhaps even better). As filmmaking was finding its feet, »

- Simon Columb

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Interview: ‘Birdman’ Director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu on His First Comedy

27 August 2014 3:10 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Recently taking stock of his career, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu began to wonder if he might have gotten stuck in a creative rut of his own making.

“It was like I was on a ladder, and I was getting a little too comfortable,” says the 51-year-old filmmaker as he holds out two clenched fists, miming the grip on that ladder. “I was just doing my work. It was a habit. I was stuck, half out of fear and half out of safety. And I said to myself, ‘I’m going to let go of the ladder.’ ”

See Also: Michael Keaton Bursts Into Oscar Race with ‘Birdman

For Inarritu, letting go meant taking a stab at his first full-fledged comedy, albeit one with a strong undercurrent of existential despair. In the director’s self-reflexive “Birdman,” Michael Keaton stars as an actor once famous for playing a superhero, now trying to save his »

- Scott Foundas

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DC superhero movies that never got the greenlight

27 August 2014 3:26 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

We may be in the golden age of superhero cinema, but here are some DC movies that never made it…

Naysayers would have you believe that Hollywood chucks bucket-loads of cash at any old comic book movie pitch that happens to float through their corner-office window, get stuck to their shoe or come to them miraculously as an on-the-toilet epiphany.

However, this is not the case, particularly with DC comics characters. While some films that do get made may seem like bog-fodder (oh hey, Green Lantern), there are plenty of comic adaptation pitches, in-development scripts and passion projects that have ended up not getting made for various reasons.

We had a rummage through the aeons of DC cinema history (also known as extensive Googling) and pulled together all the comic book movie projects we could find that ended up in the bin of crushed dreams for Batman, Superman and more. »

- ryanlambie

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Ranking the Films of the Caped Crusader

20 August 2014 7:13 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

For almost 50 years, Batman has graced the silver screen.  Whether working solo or accompanied by sidekicks and associates, Gotham City is continually saved by his enduring presence.  Even though the eight theatrical live-action films featuring the Caped Crusader have had their ups and downs, there is no denying his appeal as a lead character.

With that in mind, these are all theatrical Batman releases, ranked from worst to best:

8. Batman and Robin (1997)

The dark cloud over a struggling franchise, Joel Schumacher’s second directorial outing in the Batman franchise hammered the last nail in the coffin and became known as one of the worst sequels, nay films, of all time.  From the garish set design, poor character development, uninspired casting and hideously unfunny pun-filled script, Batman and Robin was a mistake from the moment it went into production.

 

7. Batman: The Movie (1966)

Occasionally forgotten as the first theatrical Batman film, this »

- Katie Wong

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The Art Of John Alvin review

20 August 2014 6:28 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

One of the greatest poster illustrators ever gets a volume devoted to his work. Here's Ryan's review of the lavish Art Of John Alvin...

In 2008, John Alvin died at the tragically young age of 59, robbing the world of one of its finest poster designers. Although his signatures were often erased from his artwork, Alvin's individual style rang out from every image he produced: his work for movies such as E.T., Blade Runner, Cocoon and Short Circuit displayed a keen eye for colour, space and proportion.

Although technically gifted, it was Alvin's talent for crystalising a film's subject tone in a single, clear image that really set him apart from other illustrators. His best posters often focused on one or two objects suspended against an expanse of sky or stars, such as the alien and child's fingers touching in his poster for E.T., or the silhouette of a boy in Empire Of The Sun. »

- ryanlambie

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Female Superheroes and the Big Screen

19 August 2014 3:00 PM, PDT | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

Everyone seems to be talking about a solo female superhero movie lately. And sure, I think it has a lot of potential, but there is one sentiment that makes me cringe every time it gets mentioned. People keep saying how we, as a society, are finally ready for a solo female superhero film. Guess what! We aren’t finally ready for a solo female on the big screen. We’ve been ready for a good, long while now, and the reason we haven’t had a successful female superhero flick has nothing to do with the gender of the hero.         

Now, prepare yourselves. Take some deep breaths. Count to ten. Whatever you need...  Because we're going to look at some history. 

There is no doubt that women, both real and fictional, have not always been treated as well as they should have been. It’s been a long road to »

- Douglass Poulsen

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10 Awesome Things Actors Have Done While In Costume

19 August 2014 3:58 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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Contrary to what some believe, acting isn’t always such a serious endeavor. A lot of actors are really just big kids at heart. If you give them a costume and an audience they couldn’t be happier. Because of this, sometimes an actor might find it hard to break character, and that usually makes for great entertainment for the rest of us.

Today we are going to be listing the ten most awesome things actors have done while they were still dressed like the character they were portraying on screen. Let’s get started.

 

Dishonorable Mention: Sean Young Going On The Joan Rivers Show As Catwoman

During the early ’90s nearly every actress in the world wanted the role of Selina Kyle A.K.A Catwoman in Tim Burton’s highly anticipated sequel Batman Returns. Raquel Welch, Bridget Fonda, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Cher, Madonna, Ellen Barkin, and »

- Jesse Gumbarge

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This & That: Ant Man, Early Emmys, List Mania

18 August 2014 1:13 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Elisabeth Bergner, who started in German silents went on to a Best Actress Oscar nomination for Escape Me Never (1935)Schweigen a fine collection of 1920s and 1930s postcards of film actors. I loved looking at it despite my Richard Dix aversion. And this postcard left makes me desperate to see Escape Me Never, one of the 30s Best Actress nominations I still haven't seen

Cinema Blend profiles the 5 pilots from Amazon Studios including Hand of God with Dana Delany and Ron Perlman

E! Online Neil Patrick Harris responds to rumors that he and David Burtka are breaking up. It ain't so.

Pret-a-Reporter Inside Madonna's 56th birthday bash

THR Cinematography Gordon Willis who died earlier this summer, was memorialized in Hollywood this weekend

List Mania

Rope of Silicon every death in a Quentin Tarantino movie thus far

Cinema Enthusiast has been investigating 1992 cinema. Loves Howards End, The Player, Batman Returns »

- NATHANIEL R

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Being Batman: The Actors Underneath the Cowl

17 August 2014 12:17 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

“What are you?’ That question has been on many a criminal’s mind for numerous decades. Out of absolute fear, these evildoers stare into the face of darkness personified, a creature of the night that is a true symbol of justice. I’m talking of course about Batman, the Dark Knight, a crimefighter who strikes fear into the hearts of those deserve it. He is a highly complex character and throughout his 75-year history, many talented (and some not so talented) actors have brought him to life on the silver screen.

Lewis Wilson Batman (1943) The first film appearance of the Caped Crusader occurred at the height of World War II in 1943, four years after the character’s creation. Lewis Wilson portrayed Batman in a 15-chapter film serial released by Columbia Pictures, in which he and trusty sidekick Robin go head to head with Dr. Daka, a demented Japanese scientist who »

- Randall Unger

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A Dark Stain: The Infamous ‘Batman & Robin’

10 August 2014 4:57 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

It suffered a 63% box office drop in its second week of cinematic release. It was nominated for eleven Golden Raspberry Awards, winning one. It has been singled out as a source of massive regret for much of its cast. It effectively ended two A-list film careers, signaled the decline of Hollywood’s most celebrated guilty pleasure strongman, and doomed its helmsman to a pantheon of lingering disgrace. It torpedoed a multimillion dollar franchise, wiped out two green-lit blockbusters and put one of pop culture’s biggest names into the dark for eight years. It is often cited as one of the worst movies ever made, and was crowned number one by Empire. Years later, its director would be compelled to actually apologize for it. When you collect your wits at last and begin to look at the mess with something approaching rationalization, you will be hard pressed to find a »

- Scott Patterson

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Tiff Celebrates Cinema's Greatest Sequels in 'Second Comings'

8 August 2014 6:30 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

While often viewed as the very definition of the derivative, repetitive and unimaginative, the much-maligned sequel has a long and illustrious history in Hollywood and beyond, with some prime specimens widely regarded as matching, or even bettering, their forebears.

On the occasion of the new 4K digital restoration of Francis Ford Coppola's lauded "The Godfather Part II," Tiff Bell Lightbox is looking back at some of the finest follow-ups in film history, paired with their predecessors in order to make the comparison complete -- from "Before Sunrise" and "Before Sunset" to "Batman" and "Batman Returns."

Specific showtimes can be found in the slideshow below. Second Comings: Cinema's Greatest Sequels runs from August 8 to August 31 at Tiff Bell Lightbox. »

- Chris Jancelewicz

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10 Ways That Tim Burton Did Batman Better Than Nolan

7 August 2014 6:37 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

It’s time that we get over the Dark Knight Trilogy. Yes The Dark Knight is a great movie. But Batman Begins is just a good movie and The Dark Knight Rises with it’s absurd plot holes and magic orphan vision is like Prometheus with a cape. The fundamental problem with Nolan’s ultra-realism is that it can’t support a man dressed up as a bat. Of all the fantastical comic book heroes, Batman is arguably the most realistic, but at the end of the day he’s a mortal wearing a cape, a mask, and driving around a Batmobile while firing Batarangs.

The two Batman films made by Tim Burton, while far from perfect, at least offer us a world in which Batman isn’t out of place. Christopher Nolan’s versions feel like The Bourne Identity with black motorcycle gear and a pointy helmet. That said, »

- Zachary Zagranis

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Disney Classics Getting Blu-Ray Release August 12th – Tarzan, Hercules, And More

6 August 2014 2:18 PM, PDT | AreYouScreening.com | See recent AreYouScreening news »

A slew of classic Disney movies are hitting for the first time on Blu-Ray, including one double-pack release, and you’re going to want to make sure to pick these up. You haven’t paid attention to some of these titles for a while, and it’s about time you got the chance to catch them on Blu-Ray. The best part is that there’s a great mix of releases hitting. Bedknobs and Broomsticks is all but lost in the cultural consciousness, and it deserves a return. The Academy Award-winning movie from the year I was born is filled with a lot of fun and adventure, and like most Disney films, holds up well for a whole new generation.

The rest of the group covers a great spectrum, including two animated “big” titles, and a 10th Anniversary release. There’s a lot to expose your family to here, so check out all the info below, »

- Marc Eastman

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Michael Keaton Had it All in Birdman

4 August 2014 10:22 AM, PDT | Filmonic.com | See recent Filmonic news »

Birdman is the story of a washed-up actor who was once on top after playing an iconic superhero in a series of movies. Michael Keaton is Birdman, take that as you will. No, I don’t think Michael Keaton is washed-up either, also he stopped after Batman Returns, which was the 2nd flick in the series, […]

Read Michael Keaton Had it All in Birdman on Filmonic.

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- Alex

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