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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
The internet was sent into uproar last year when Ben Affleck was announcing as the next Dark Knight for Zack Snyder's upcoming Man of Steel sequel Batman vs. Superman, with the backlash harking back to the late 80s when Warner Bros. received over 50,000 letters of complaint about Tim Burton hiring Beetlejuice star Michael Keaton for 1989's live action movie.
"He's going to be great," Keaton told The Today Show, via Metro. "I don't follow it much, but I guess there was some sort of... I don't know why people get excited about things. Frankly, I don't understand it."
- Gary Collinson
Make no mistake about it -- the '90s are back. Myriad people are sporting flannel and backwards baseball hats, Furbys are the "new" hot toys, and even Nirvana seems to have gained popularity again recently. Since one of the most gnarly decades is rearing its grungy head again, how else should one reminisce about the good 'ol days than to list of the baddest Bettys of the 1990s? Read on, and count down the boss femme fatales of the '90s.
10. Vera Cosgrove - Dead Alive (1992)
You may think she's just another crazy old white woman, but Vera Cosgrove is much more sociopathic than the average spinster. She won't let her son go, even after she's dead and walking. When Lionel Cosgrove takes his mother to the zoo, she gets bitten by a Sumatran rat monkey, and immediately feels ill. Her health goes downhill quickly, and after much pain and swelling, »
- Kalyn Corrigan
While doing the press rounds for Need for Speed, Michael Keaton opened up more about his time working with director Tim Burton on 1988's Beetlejuice and 1989's Batman. As he's said in the past, he does want to return for Beetlejuice 2. But only under the right conditions, and if Tim Burton returns to helm this long gestating follow-up. Now, he claims its the only sequel he's ever wanted to do, despite having donned the bat cowl a second time in 1992's Batman Returns.
"I've been talking about it for years and I've been saying if I ever did anything again, it'd be that. I want to do that. The rumors, they've risen before and fallen away. Now, if Tim is involved, and I think he might be involved, I'd be more than interested. I mean, he's so original, and he's an artist. It's unique. There's nothing like it. You can't compare it to anything. »
Before Johnny Depp came along and became Tim Burton's ever-odd muse, the director with a taste for the dark side was fixated on Michael Keaton. The pair made Batman, Batman Returns and Beetlejuice together, but haven't collaborated on a film since. Even though more than twenty years have passed between now and their last joint effort, Keaton is game to reunite with Burton for the oft-rumored sequel to Beetlejuice. In promotion of his upcoming vehicle Need for Speed, Keaton appeared on The Today Show where he was subjected to the awkward interview stylings of Savannah Guthrie. Asked about if he's be game to return to the green wig and rot makeup worn by the devilish ghost with the most, Keaton offered: "I.ve been talking about it for years and saying it.s the one thing . if I ever did anything again, it would be that, or I.d »
Fox's "Gotham" keeps looking better and better, as more cast members are announced. Producer Warner Bros. TV has named the actors who will portray young versions of Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle, before they become Batman and Catwoman.
David Mazouz, the 13-year-old former star of "Touch," will play Bruce Wayne as a preteen, "sentenced to a solitary life after the tragic murder of his wealthy parents. Serious and soulful, young Bruce relies on the guidance and protection of Alfred Pennyworth and James Gordon."
Selina Kyle will be played by Camren Bicondova. The character is described as "a teenage orphan who is suspicious and wholly unpredictable. A street thief and skilled pickpocket, she's dangerous when cornered." What's interesting about Bicondova is she's got a bit of a young Michelle Pfeiffer look going on. Pfeiffer, of course, played arguably the best Catwoman in "Batman Returns."
Mazouz and Bicondova are the last two series regulars for "Gotham, »
The Oscars have come and gone once again, but there are still some long overdue awards to handout. This list will honor those whom, save for one case, the Academy has generally overlooked.
Warner Bros. Pictures’ Batman franchise has been the beneficiary of some brilliant performances over the past 25 years and it’s about time the very best were highlighted. This list will honor those who left an everlasting mark on one of Hollywood’s most iconic and most historic franchises.
The stars have already walked the virtual red carpet and taken their seats. There’s no longwinded monologue to get through. Let’s begin the fun with our first honoree.
- Sean Gerber
Feature Rob Leane 26 Feb 2014 - 07:19
How do capes, cowls and cultural context intertwine in some of history’s more troublesome Batman movies?
Once upon a time on this site, we looked at Batman’s ability to offer social commentary to different cultural contexts; you can find that piece here. Through analysing the 1943 Batman serial, the 1960s Adam West TV show and Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight, we saw how the caped crusader had repeatedly held a mirror to his surrounding contextual issues.
In the 40s, the Bat was a government agent enlisted to bring down a newly-made Japanese villain. In the 60s, inspired by Warhol and Lichtenstein, he became a Pop Art icon, actually superseding the popularity of the comics and securing the character’s future. In The Dark Knight Christian Bale’s incarnation went to questionable lengths to bring down an unstoppable terrorist, reflecting the political scandals of the modern age. »
Trevor Hogg chats with Ales Kot about comics and the creation of Edward Zero...
“What is an artist?” asks Ales Kot. “If anything done sufficiently well is art, then I certainly come from a family of artists. My mother was a social worker and became an interior designer; her mother worked at the post office most of her life and her father worked as a steel worker, an army specialist, and a truck driver. My father worked as a miner, then sold steel and then built up a soccer club; his father worked on a high position in a steel factory and taught physics and mathematics while his mother worked in a store selling food most of her life. Thankfully, I was always encouraged to read and write and think on my own, at least by certain members of the family.” Kot believes, “Any merger of visuals and text is comics. »
(Cbr) Director Tim Burton worked with Michael Keaton on three films between 1988 and 1992, "Beetlejuice", "Batman" and "Batman Returns", but that first film must have made quite an impression on both of them, because more than 25 years later, they’re talking about a sequel. During the junket for Keaton’s latest movie "RoboCop", MTV asked him about returning as the ghost with the most. “I’ve e-mailed Tim a couple of times, talked to the writer a couple of times, but all really, really preliminary stuff,” Keaton said. “I always said that’s the one thing I’d like to do again, if I ever »
- TJ Dietsch, Comic Book Resources
Michael Keaton has only appeared in one sequel, reprising his role as Bruce Wayne in 1992's Batman Returns, which was also directed by Tim Burton (returning as Jackie Brown's Ray Nicolette in Out of Sight doesn't really count). Speaking with MTV, the actor claims that Betelgeuse is the one role he'd like to try again. And that he has had talks with Tim Burton. But nothing is set in stone just yet.
"I've e-mailed Tim a couple of times, talked to the writer a couple of times, but all really, really preliminary stuff until relatively recently. I always said that's the one thing I'd like to do again, if I ever did anything again. But it kind of required Tim to be involved some way or another. »
It's still unclear how exactly Ben Affleck's Batman will fit in to Zack Snyder's upcoming "Man of Steel" sequel, but the director revealed a bit more about his inspiration for the character's arc in a new interview.
Talking to Popcorn, a French film magazine (with comments translated by Comic Book Therapy), Snyder reiterated his long-discussed plan to take cues for "Batman vs. Superman" from Frank Miller's graphic novel "The Dark Knight Returns," though he told the magazine that it would not be a direct adaptation by any means.
Cinema Blend writes that "The Dark Knight Returns" is unusual source material, since its bleak take on the Caped Crusader exists "in a dystopian future Gotham where an aged Batman returns to the streets. »
- Katie Roberts
When director Mark Waters gave us the high school satire Mean Girls in 2004, he probably didn’t expect that nearly every line of dialogue in Tina Fey‘s script would be immortalized in GIFs, memes, and everyday conversation for the next decade. Where does one start when choosing the ever-fetch Lindsay Lohan film’s finest attribute? Could it be “queen bee” Regina George’s (Rachel McAdams) fearsome reign over the popular Plastics clique? What about impish outsider Janis (Lizzy Caplan) and her best friend Damian (Daniel Franzese), a polo-wearing cynic who is deemed “too gay to function”? What of Amy Poehler‘s turn as a vapid, fabulously tracksuited “cool mom”? Or the shrill, worried bleat of Gretchen Wieners (Lacey Chabert)? All are acceptable answers.
- Louis Virtel
This has been a terrific season of Face Off so far, with a lot of amazing hits and very few misses. I was afraid that last season’s Veterans vs Rookies would be hard to match, but Season 6 has taken over without missing a beat. Tonight’s spotlight challenge looks particularly cool:
TV Spot: Face Off – 604 Preview
Syfy debuts the new reality competition series, “Jim Henson’s Creature Shop Challenge,” Tuesday, March 25 at 10 p.m. Et/Pt following an all-new episode of Syfy’s acclaimed “Face Off.” The eight-episode series provides a fascinating window into the imaginative and wildly creative environment of world-class creature design, fabrication and mechanization.
Syfy introduces ten hopeful creature designers who have »
- Erin Willard
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 arrives in a mere three months, but it feels like the web-swinging reboot-sequel keeps expanding its cast every day. Just yesterday, director Marc Webb officially announced via Twitter that former Officer perma-temp B.J. Novak will play A. Smythe, which is almost certainly some version of Alistair Smythe – a character who eventually becomes the bad-guy criminal scientist behind a line of nasty robots called Spider-Slayers. It’s possible that Novak will only be in the movie for a short while — and it’s worth remembering that Dylan Baker played Curt Connors through two Spider-Man movies without every transforming into the Lizard. »
- Darren Franich
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 6 Feb 2014 - 06:08
Our series of lists devoted to underappreciated films brings us to the year 2007, and another 25 overlooked gems...
For some reason, the number three was a common factor in several blockbuster movies of 2007. The third film in the Pirates Of The Caribbean series (At World's End) dominated the box office, Spider-Man 3 marked Sam Raimi's last entry as director in the series, while Mike Myers went for a hat trick of hits with Shrek The Third.
I Am Legend was the third and most financially successful attempt to bring Richard Matheson's classic novel to the big screen, Rush Hour 3 marked Jackie Chan's last action pairing with Chris Tucker, while Zack Snyder's musky sword-swinger 300 was notable for having the number three in the title.
Iffy attempts at numerology aside, 2007 was also a superb for year for movies in general - particularly underappreciated ones, »
Feature James Hunt 30 Jan 2014 - 06:25
Comic book movies are solid blockbuster fare now, but there are plenty of adaptations that didn't get the love they deserved...
You might argue that fans of comic book adaptations have had a pretty good decade or so. Between The Avengers movies, the Dark Knight trilogy, and multiple Spider-Man and X-Men films, some of the biggest-grossing action movies of all time have been based on comics. Not bad when you consider that only recently, the medium was considered the preserve of dateless man-children alone.
But here's the thing: not every comic book adaptation lends itself to being a summer tentpole CGI-fest, and just as many get overlooked or forgotten completely by the time the next one comes out. Comic adaptations are coming out thick and fast, and with so much forward momentum it's sometimes worth taking a moment to look back on what's come before. »
Review Billy Grifter 27 Jan 2014 - 08:26
The latest episode of Syfy's Helix leaves Billy feeling exasperated. Here's his review of Single Strand...
This review contains spoilers.
1.4 Single Strand
In terms of TV shows, the first four episodes are much like the ‘golden hour’ in rescue and trauma victims. Because if the person is to be found or saved, it’s needs to happen in that magic slice of time, beyond which the prognosis isn’t good. It’s my sad duty to inform regular readers that Helix celebrated its fourth instalment by effectively burying whatever chances it had of being plausible under a mountain of obviously constructed plot dross, before capping it with concrete.
From the outset in Single Strand, it became apparent that the stylish eerie corridor shots and atmospheric photography was a distant memory, and we’d now be subjected to amazingly implausible McGuffins instead of any form of realistic narrative. »
Feature James Clayton 24 Jan 2014 - 06:03
Inside Llewyn Davis leaves James pondering the role of cats in films, and whether the Coens can make him learn to love the furry moggies...
Llewyn Davis is a New York musician pawing around the early 60s Greenwich Village folk scene. He's a pretentious mewling creative-type who can't connect with others around him, and he's caught up in the questions of artistic integrity versus commercial success. He's a lost soul with some hair going on. Llewyn Davis has a lot in common with a certain Barton Fink, and in my mind I can picture the forlorn pair performing "Man of Constant Sorrow" as a duet.
In spite of their similarities, though, the lead of the Coen Brothers' fresh folk yarn is arguably better off than John Turturro's doomed screenwriter. Llewyn Davis (played by Oscar Isaac) has something that Fink lacks and that is a pet. »
Top 10 Ryan Lambie 22 Jan 2014 - 05:51
Like any awards ceremony, the Razzies can sometimes make some bizarre decisions. Here's our pick of 10 mystifying nominations...
Established in 1981, the Golden Raspberry Awards have grown from a tiny ceremony hosted in founder John Jb Wilson's living room into their own Hollywood institution. Intended as an antidote to the self-congratulation and glitz of awards season fixtures like the Oscars or the Golden Globes, the Razzies aim to single out the worst films, screenplays and performances of the preceding year, serving up an irreverent parody of Hollywood's vanity and excess.
Sometimes, the Razzie choices aren't too far off the mark. Few would argue against Battlefield Earth's 2000 win for Worst Picture, or that the impenetrably murky The Last Airbender didn't deserve the amusingly-titled award for Worst Eye-Gouging Misuse of 3D.
There have been some really worthwhile categories on occasion, too, like Worst Movie Trends of the Year, »
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