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One of the more surprising and lesser-known facts about Sam Mendes’ second film, Road to Perdition, is that it’s actually adapted from a graphic novel of the same name by Max Allan Collins. The plot follows Michael Sullivan (Tom Hanks), an Irish mob enforcer as he goes on the run with his son Michael Jr. after Jr. witnesses a murder and their family is killed in an effort to cover up any witnesses. There’s many great things in this film that standout, such as Jude Law’s creepy performance as assassin Harlen Maguire, one of Paul Newman’s final and finest performances as mob boss John Rooney, and Hollywood got an early look at the talent of Daniel Craig as the unstable Connor Rooney. However, it’s the climax that remains the most memorable thing in it, featuring some of the most iconic work from »
The movie will offer a behind-the-scenes perspective on Madoff’s $65 billion Ponzi scheme (for which he was jailed in 2009), including how it was perpetrated on the public and the trail of destruction it left behind. Pfeiffer will play Ruth Madoff, »
It's been a long time since we've gotten a genuine Christmas comedy to top the likes of Christmas Vacation or even A Christmas Story for that matter. Okay, except maybe Elf. There's been some solid entries along the way, such as Scrooged, Home Alone, A Nightmare Before Christmas, or, hell, even Batman Returns or Die Hard. Maybe Bad Santa, but that's not exactly one you watch with... Read More »
- Paul Shirey
West. Kilmer. Keaton. Clooney. Bale. Affleck. Brosnan? Speaking in an interview with Details, former 007 Pierce Brosnan revealed that he was once offered the chance to play The Caped Crusader for Tim Burton’s 1989 Batman film.
At the time, Pierce Brosnan was one of a number of stars in line for the coveted part, rubbing shoulders with Mel Gibson – fresh off the Mad Max trilogy – Tom Selleck, Charlie Sheen, Kevin Costner and Bill Murray. Ultimately, though, it was a role that never really caught the actor’s attention, and here he reveals exactly why he passed up the chance.
“It was the beginning of these huge movies, and I just thought, Batman? Batman held such an indelible place in my own childhood, but I said something flippant to Tim Burton like, ‘Any guy who wears his underpants outside his trousers cannot be taken seriously.’ So, yeah.”
Low and behold, it was »
- Michael Briers
Last year, Pierce Brosnan revealed that he’d turned down the opportunity to play Batman in Tim Burton’s 1989 reinvention of The Dark Knight, and now the former 007 has spoken about his decision in an interview with Details.
“It was the beginning of these huge movies, and I just thought, Batman?” states Brosnan. “Batman held such an indelible place in my own childhood, but I said something flippant to Tim Burton, like, ‘Any guy who wears his underpants outside his trousers cannot be taken seriously.’ So yeah.”
Brosnan was one of a number of actors considered for Batman, with the likes of Mel Gibson, Tom Selleck, Charlie Sheen, Kevin Costner and Bill Murray all in the frame at one point or another. The role of course went on to be filled by Michael Keaton, who also reprised the role for 1992’s Batman Returns before hanging up the cape and cowl. »
- Gary Collinson
As we approach the two month anniversary of the launch of Batman: Arkham Knight, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment has offered up more details on the title’s upcoming Dlc. The unveiling coincides with the launch of two new sets of content for the critically acclaimed sequel.
Based around Tim Burton’s classic film, the 1989 Batmobile Pack gives gamers the complete Michael Keaton Batman experience. The Dark Knight’s costume has been outfitted to look like Keaton’s classic look, while the Batmobile is the iconic black ride from the film. In addition to the two costumes, the pack also comes with two new challenge tracks based around Batman Returns.
Launching alongside the 1989 Batmobile Pack is the Bat-Family Skin Pack. A purely cosmetic purchase, the set comes with six new costumes for the Bat Clan. These include the Original Arkham Knightwing costume, the Black and Grey Batman costume and four other fan favorites. »
- Eric Hall
Last week, an extremely cautious Winona Ryder confirmed on Late Night With Seth Myers that a sequel to Tim Burton's beloved 1988 haunted house comedy Beetlejuice was finally in the works. Ryder will be reprising her role as Lydia Deetz, with Burton back behind the megaphone and Michael Keaton, fresh from a career-resurrecting turn in Birdman (2014), again starring as 'the ghost with the most'.
Ryder's announcement was met with the inevitable woops and cheers from Myers' studio audience, but fans of Burton's breakthrough feature will be seeking reassurances that the forthcoming follow-up will remain true to the spirit of its predecessor.
For those who've never seen it, Beetlejuice tells the story of Adam and Barbara Maitland (Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis), a happily married couple living »
Last month, Warner Bros. announced a special downloadable content (Dlc) pack for the hot new video game Batman: Arkham Knight, which allows fans to play as Michael Keaton's Batman, along with the 1989 Batmobile. The Dlc won't be available until next week, but Arkham Insider has our first look at gameplay footage with the iconic Batmobile in action. What isn't known at this time is if these skins will be usable in the game's story mode.
Batman: Arkham Knight brings the award-winning Arkham trilogy from Rocksteady Studios to its epic conclusion. Developed exclusively for New-Gen platforms, Batman: Arkham Knight introduces Rocksteady's uniquely designed version of the Batmobile. The highly anticipated addition of this legendary vehicle, combined with the acclaimed gameplay of the Arkham series, offers gamers the ultimate and complete Batman experience as they tear through the streets and soar across the skyline of the entirety of Gotham City.
In this explosive finale, »
Rosario Dawson is also on board to co-star in the pic.
The film marks Heigl’s return to the studio, where she previously starred in the Greg Berlanti-directed and Di Novi-produced “Life As We Know It.” The casting is a big step forward for the film, which looks to be one step closer to production following “Belle” director Amma Asante’s departure earlier this year.
Heigl most recently starred in the independent feature “Jenny’s Wedding” with Tom Wilkinson that premiered at this year’s Outfest Film Festival. This year she also starred in the Ami Mann directed independent feature “Jackie & Ryan. »
- Justin Kroll
My first encounter with the Dark Knight (otherwise known as the Caped Crusader of Gotham City, or maybe half of the Dynamic Duo) was in the late 1980s, when I first saw his feature-length on-screen revival directed by Tim Burton. Looking back, it’s not Michael Keaton’s Batman, nor Kim Basinger what I remember, but the Joker – and the overall gloomy atmosphere of the flick. The sequel… well, personally I didn’t like it, but it was an acclaimed piece of cinematography. And what followed after it was crap.
The next time the Dark Crusader was revived was one of the best cinematic experiences of my life. It was a deep, well thought out trilogy which, although some might argue, brought us the best interpretation of the Joker ever. No wonder the role brought a post-humus Oscar to the late Heath Ledger. I often compared the two Jokers, as »
- David Agnew
Tim Burton is embracing social media in the promotion of his latest fantasy adventure. He jumped on his personal Facebook page last night to share the first official look at his upcoming adaptation Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. While we don't get to see any of the characters yet, we do get to see the home mentioned in the title. And we get some bird symbolism. It looks like nothing but blue skies for these strange kids who are about to get a very unexpected visitor.
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children is based upon the best-selling novel by Ransom Riggs. We won't get to see the movie until March 4, 2016, so a trailer may still be miles away. The movie has quite an ensemble of fan-favorite talent, lead by Asa Butterfield, who lost out on the role of Spider-Man just in the last few months. At least he has »
Attack of the killer... pumpkins?! The Dead Peasant team have launched a campaign to help make Blood & Gourd #2 a reality. Also in this round-up: a teaser video for The Visitors and Mosquito Blu-ray / DVD release details.
Blood & Gourd #2: "It’s Devil’s Night in Olympia, Wa – and out at Henderson Farms, the festivities are reaching a crescendo. Young and old have gathered to pick their own pumpkin, drink hot apple cider, and partake in the usual pumpkin farm fare. However, something has awakened from deep within the fertile soil. After years of abuse and humiliation, the pumpkins are ready to pick us. You can Beg! You can plead! You can scream! But these hell’s lanterns are lit only with the burning desire to watch. You. Die!"
To learn more about issue #2 of Blood & Gourd, visit:
The Visitors: "After settling »
- Tamika Jones
Those of you who caught Marvel's latest blockbuster Ant-Man will have been introduced to classic comic book character The Wasp for the first time.
Though the original character Janet van Dyne was only glimpsed briefly in flashback (and teased with Evangeline Lilly in the post-credits scene), director Peyton Reed has made it pretty clear that the character is still alive in the quantum realm.
But who could play Janet in future McU movies? Michael Douglas has already made the case for Catherine Zeta-Jones in the role, and now Evangeline Lilly (who plays Janet's daughter Hope) has thrown a new name into the mix.
"That was my favourite of all time of all the comic book female characters, but Michelle Pfeiffer as Catwoman. Not just anybody or anything, »
One of the regular sticks used to beat Joel Schumacher's pair of Batman films with was the decision to put nipples on the Batsuit worn by Val Kilmer in Batman Forever. It's not the main area of contention with the films, certainly, but let's just go with that it didn't help.
Digging through my back catalogue of magazines last week, I discovered an old issue of Premiere magazine, dating back to the film's release in May 1995. As it turns out, even before the film came out, and even before the world wide web as we know it today had risen, the nipples were an issue.
In a big interview piece to promote the film just prior to its release, Jim Carrey - who played The Riddler in the movie - »
On September 8th, Scream Factory looks to electrify horror fans with their Collector's Edition Blu-ray of Wes Craven's Shocker. Ahead of the film's revamped home media release, we have the full list of special features and another look at the cover art.
Press Release: "Fans of legendary director Wes Craven (Scream, The Last House on the Left, A Nightmare on Elm Street) know well the terror mayhem inflicted by Horace Pinker, a diabolical mass murderer who harnesses electricity for unimaginable killing powers, from the 1989 horror cult classic Shocker. On September 8, 2015, Scream Factory™ is proud to present Wes Craven’s Shocker Collector’s Edition Blu-ray, packed with insightful bonus content including, special audio commentary with Wes Craven, all-new interviews with Mitch Pileggi, Cami Cooper, executive producer Shep Gordon, music supervisor Desmond Child and soundtrack artists, new audio commentary with director of photography Jacques Haitkin, co-producer Robert Engelman and composer William Goldstein, »
- Derek Anderson
The original big screen version of Batman was one of the determinative movies of my youth. Michael Keaton was great as a troubled billionaire by day / masked vigilante by night, and his nemesis, the ruthless Joker was one of the finest villains of movie history. He was a crook to begin with, but a bath in a vat filled with unspecified chemicals turned him not just into a bleached man, but a madman as well. His memorable appearance in Tim Burton’s Batman was due not just to his quotable words (Ever danced with the devil in the pale moonlight anyone?) but to the wonderful acting of multiple Academy Award winner Jack Nicholson.
The time passed, and Batman sequels appeared, but none of them could live up to the quality of the “original” one, not even its sequel directed by the same Tim Burton (Batman Returns, 1992). From there on the franchise has gone downhill, »
- David Agnew
Batman returns! Ben Affleck walked back into the spotlight on Saturday, July 11, at Comic-Con International's DC Comics panel -- his first public appearance since he and wife Jennifer Garner announced their divorce on June 30. The Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice star, 42, joined director Zack Snyder and costars Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Amy Adams, and Jesse Eisenberg in San Diego, Calif., where they debuted some brand-new footage from the upcoming movie. Affleck, notably, was wearing his wedding ring. During the panel, Affleck talked about his [...] »
Anghus Houvouras with the five best film franchises…
As we continue to examine the state of Hollywood’s biggest franchises, it’s time to dole out a little love. We’ve looked at the Five Worst Film Franchises and Five Film Franchises on the Fence. It’s time for the Five Best Film Franchises. Yes, there are franchises that deserve love. Movie series that consistently entertain and deliver at the box office. Films that make the concept of franchises more palatable, even when studios are trying to crap garbage like G.I. Joe: Retaliation down you’re throat.
Once again, we are only considering franchises that have films actively in production with two or more installments previously produced.
With that in mind… here’s the best of the best:
1. James Bond
The longest film franchise is still the best. Super-Spy James Bond has been entertaining audiences since the 1960’s with his alcohol fueled sexual exploits. »
- Anghus Houvouras
It was 20 years ago that the third modern Batman movie was released. An uncertain time for the character who just six years earlier had revolutionized the modern blockbuster, helped launch the modern age of comic book adaptations, and made an untold millions for Warner Bros. The follow-up, Batman Returns, was seen as a disappointment by the studio who felt the series had taken a dark turn and lost much of its mainstream appeal.
The third installment would be a departure both for Michael Keaton and Tim Burton who left the franchise in the hands of Joel Schumacher. Joel Schumacher… who would one day brutally murder the franchise with reckless abandon and shelve the Dark Knight for nearly a decade before Christopher Nolan found a way to make him interesting (and profitable) again. We all know that Batman & Robin is a »
- Anghus Houvouras
Joel Schumacher is a name that lives in infamy with Batman fans around the world. Although the director of A Time to Kill and The Phantom of the Opera was primarily known for crafting darker movies in the mid-1990s, things changed when he was given the keys to the kingdom of DC Comics' Dark Knight. After the somewhat polarizing reception to 1992's Batman Returns, Warner Bros. wanted to take the franchise in a bit of a different direction. Previous series director Tim Burton would transition into a producer capacity for the upcoming third film, and Schumacher was selected to direct what ultimately became 1995's Batman Forever. That film was the series' biggest financial success up to that point, so it...
- Chris Clow
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