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Comic Book Reviews: DC Comics Round Up Week 08-10-2016
Scott Snyder is back on Batman in an "all –star" way! (see what I did there?) as he teams up with two fantastic artist in Veteran John Romita Jr. and upcoming superstar Declan Shalvey. How does it hold up to his previous Batman New 52 run? Well read on to see! Also we get the return of the deadliest man in the world -- Deathstroke -- which was penned by the super talented Christopher Priest.
Action Comics #961
Story: Dan Jurgens Art: Stephen Segovia, Art Thibert
Review: Typically I don’t like it when a series keeps changing artist issue to issue, but honestly each illustrator that’s jumped on to Action Comics with Dan Jurgens has been top notch! I’m a huge fan of Tyler Kirkham and Patrick Bircher, and equally a huge fan of Stephen Segovia! And, to be fair, »
- Jeremy Scully
Simply put, cult classics aren’t made, they’re born. They’re not designed with the intention of becoming hits on the home video or midnight movie markets, they just exist as sincere creative expressions that happen to catch on with audiences and critics after in its initial theatrical run. Case in point: In 1995, director Paul Verhoeven released his erotic drama “Showgirls,” starring Elizabeth Berkeley as a street-smart hitchhikers who heads to Las Vegas to climb the ropes from stripper to showgirl. While she’s there, she’s introduced to the seedy underbelly of the dancing world and comes face to face with marginalization, violence, and exploitation. The film also stars Kyle MacLachlan (“Twin Peaks”), Gina Gershon (“Bound”), Glenn Plummer (“Speed”), Robert Davi (“Die Hard”), and more.
In the twenty years since its disappointing »
- Vikram Murthi
Season 2 of The Flash saw Kevin Smith jump on board to direct 'The Runaway Dinosaur', an episode focusing on Barry Allen's relationship with the Speed Force. The episode became the highest rated episode of the season, due in no small part to Smith's affinity for the source material. As it turns out, series star Grant Gustin wants to see more instances like this. While speaking at San Diego Comic-Con this past weekend, Gustin was quizzed on who else he would like to see direct an episode of the series, and he seemed to have a very worthy candidate in mind. "Yeah actually," said Gustin. "I met Joss Whedon last night. Yeah, that'd be really cool. He was a really nice guy and he loves the show. He's seen every episode of the show." Whedon, of course, is famous for directing the first two installments of the Avengers film franchise, along »
Season 2 of The Flash saw film director Kevin Smith jump on board to direct 'The Runaway Dinosaur', an episode focusing on Barry Allen's relationship with the Speed Force. The episode became the highest rated episode of the season, due in no small part to Smith's affinity for the source material. As it turns out, series star Grant Gustin wants to see more instances like this. While speaking at San Diego Comic-Con this past weekend, Gustin was quizzed on who else he would like to see direct an episode of the series, and he seemed to have a very worthy candidate in mind. "Yeah actually," said Gustin. "I met Joss Whedon last night. Yeah, that'd be really cool. He was a really nice guy and he loves the show. He's seen every episode of the show." Whedon, of course, is famous for directing the first two installments of the Avengers film franchise, »
Sandra Bullock turns 52! Celebrating our favourite moments from the Miss Congeniality starSandra Bullock turns 52! Celebrating our favourite moments from the Miss Congeniality starAdriana Floridia7/25/2016 4:23:00 Pm
Sandra Bullock is a star like no other.
Dominating the comedy and drama worlds alike, there really isn't anything that Sandra can't do. She's relatable, hilarious, and fierce whenever she needs to be. She's already won an Oscar, for her performance in The Blind Side, and picked up a second nomination when she starred as an astronaut stranded in space in Gravity. We know we can expect more killer roles from Sandra, as she's simply unstoppable.
Sandra has had so many great moments in countless classic films, and on her birthday, we are looking back at some of our favourites! Check them out below!
When she nearly ran over this poor woman in Speed
When she was plagued by The Internet in The Net »
- Adriana Floridia
Fans will be introduced to a new Disney princess when Moana hits theaters on November 23. We've already seen the first trailer for this animated adventure, and today we have a new Japanese trailer that travels back to Moana's childhood, showing how this princess was born. Hopefully we'll see even more footage soon, revealing how Moana's bond with the sea was formed.
Back in In April, Dwayne Johnson revealed that he will be singing in Moana, as part of his role portraying the demigod Maui. Unfortunately, this trailer doesn't feature any of the tunes sung by The Rock, but hopefully the next batch of footage will show Dwayne Johnson belting out some tunes. This video, which surfaced on the Disney Japan Facebook sets the stage for a new Disney princess to be crowned. Auli'i Cravalho will make her feature debut as Moana, who was discovered through her singing. An Oahu, »
Way back in 2011, director Paul Feig was being praised for delivering the sleeper hit of the summer, with his ensemble comedy Bridesmaids going onto become one of the biggest hits that year. Cut to 2016 and he's one of the most divisive directors currently working in Hollywood for the sole fact that he dare attempt a Ghostbusters remake, with an all-female cast no less. While many fans of that series have decided to hate the man for his sheer audacity in rebooting a beloved franchise, it was two other monster comedy hits that helped get him here. One of those movies being 2013's The Heat. That movie was such a big crowd pleaser, and did such big business at the box office, that many assumed its two leads would be eager to return for a sequel. As it turns out, that probably won't happen. And it's all Sandra Bullock's fault. »
Dan Cooper Jul 8, 2016
They say that when you play the Game of Thrones, “you win or you die”. The Game of Jeff Daniels, however, is an undeniably different beast and for the most part is a definite “you win or you win”. After viewing dozens of Jeff Daniels movies and spending many, many hours with his on-screen personas, it’s fair to say that the maxim has been sorely tested but guess what? It still holds true. This list has been carefully curated to celebrate the veteran actor’s talent, versatility and wit and no matter which (if any) of these movies you decide to revisit or check out for the first time, Jeff is guaranteed to give you something to love in each and every one.
25. Dumb And Dumber To (2014)
Keanu Reeves Photo: Gordon Correll
The past week has been a turbulent one for the UK, with the public voting to leave the European Union, Prime Minister David Cameron resigning and conventional politics in disarray. Many MPs, like members of the public, have been left feeling that they need a hero to save the day. Who should appear in the hallowed halls of Westminster but Speed star Keanu Reeves.
As it emerged, he was neither there to tell them they'd reach Point Break nor to assure them that they were caught in The Matrix and would soon wake up. According to Mark Pritchard, he was there to meet Nadhim Zahawi and lobby for increased support for the film industry, but few MPs had been forewarned. Stella Creasy spoke of amazement at seeing somebody who looked like her teenage crush before she realised that it really was him. Apparently amused by the fuss, »
- Jennie Kermode
Thursday, June 16 at 7 pm Central Time (8 pm Et), Olive Films is treating fans to another installment of Spoiler Alert!
Moderator Steve Prokopy of Ain't It Cool News will ask your questions live on air. If you have a question you would like to hear answered, send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
You won't want to miss what is sure to be an unforgettable interview! You can tune in through our Youtube page or our Google Plus page.
What: Spoiler Alert with John Marshall
When: Thursday, June 16 @ 8Pm Est/7Pm Cst
Where: Click here to access Olive Film's You Tube event page
Produced over the course of ten years, Roar is an audacious cinematic experiment: a thriller showcasing the majesty and ferocity of African lions, filmed on location amidst dozens of actual untrained cats. Photographed by Jan De Bont (d.p. of Die Hard and director of Speed), the result is a spectacular achievement—though often terrifying to watch—as actors (not stunt men) flee, wrestle, and come face-to-face with the massive hunters.
Writer/director Noel Marshall stars as Hank, a doctor and outspoken naturalist in Africa who allows lions, tigers, cheetahs, and other big cats to roam freely around his remote estate. While away protecting animals from poachers, Hank’s family—including Marshall’s real-life wife and daughter, Tippi Hedren (The Birds) and Melanie Griffith (Working Girl)—arrive at his home and are stalked by the massive lions that have overrun the house.
Not surprisingly, many members of the cast and crew suffered injuries during the making of the film though care was taken to ensure that no animals were harmed. Since filming Roar, Hedren has become an advocate for the protection of big cats, founding the Roar Foundation and the Shambala Preserve.
- email@example.com (Cinema Retro)
Back in January, fans got their first look at Disney's new animated adventure Moana, which is set to hit theaters on November 23. While the studio promoted this upcoming movie during CinemaCon in April, we haven't seen any footage since January, but that all changed today when Disney released the first trailer and new photos. This trailer reveals the mighty exploits of the demigod Maui (Dwayne Johnson), although young Moana (Auli'i Cravalho) doesn't seem terribly impressed.
In April, Dwayne Johnson revealed that he will be singing in the movie. Unfortunately, this trailer doesn't feature any of the tunes sung by The Rock, but hopefully the next trailer will feature some of this music. It was actually Auli'i Cravalho's singing that helped her land the role, after an Oahu, Hawaii casting agent discovered the teenager's vocal abilities during a charity competition. She was then flown to Los Angeles, where she met directors Ron Clements and John Musker, and was eventually crowned the new Disney Princess.
Three thousand years ago, the greatest sailors in the world voyaged across the vast South Pacific, discovering the many islands of Oceania. But then, for a millennium, their voyages stopped - and no one today knows why. From Walt Disney Animation Studios comes Moana, a sweeping, CG-animated adventure about a spirited teenager who sails out on a daring mission to prove herself a master wayfinder and fulfill her ancestors' unfinished quest. During her journey, Moana (voice of Auli'i Cravalho) meets the once-mighty demi-god Maui (voice of Dwayne Johnson), and together, they traverse the open ocean on an action-packed voyage, encountering enormous fiery creatures and impossible odds, and along the way, Moana fulfills the ancient quest of her ancestors and discovers the one thing she's always sought: her own identity
Ron Clements and John Musker (The Little Mermaid, The Princess and the Frog, Aladdin) are directing Moana from their own screenplay, with Osnat Shurer (Oscar-nominated Pixar shorts One Man Band, Boundin) producing. The music will be composed by Tony-winner Lin-Manuel Miranda (Broadway's Hamilton, Tony-winning In the Heights), Grammy-winning composer Mark Mancina (Speed, Tarzan, The Lion King) and Opetaia Foa'i (founder and lead singer of the world music award-winning band Te Vaka). Moana has been given a Wednesday, November 23 release date, the day before Thanksgiving, where it will go up against Bad Santa 2 and Allied.
No other voice cast members have been announced at this time for this animated adventure, but we still have several months left until Moana hits theaters in November. We'll be sure to keep you posted with all of the latest updates regarding Moana, so be sure to stay tuned. In the meantime, take a look at the first trailer and new photos from Moana below.
It's the role all actors dream of -- the one that puts them on the map. Breakout movie moments are born from a combination of factors, including raw talent, the movie's reception, and a little bit of showbiz luck. When the elements are all there and the sun is shining just right, an actor can go from "Hey, didn't I see her in ...?" to household-name status in no time.
These performances are examples of movies that hit the "launch" button on an actor's career. A couple of these performers may have had credits stretching back years before that defining role, but this was the one that made the entire industry and the movie-going public sit up and take notice. Read on to remember when six of the most bankable actors saw their careers take off.
There's a reason every Halloween party ever brings »
- Sage Young
So Mike Gold, our old and grumpy and sly editor, threw down the gauntlet last week, challenging the marvelous Marc Fishman and the grammatically incorrect me to read the same comic and opine on it. That comic was DC Rebirth #1, the umpteenth revision of the company’s four-color mythos. Marc had his turn on Saturday. Today is mine.
Unlike Marc, I didn’t have travel a long and hard road 45 minutes from my suburban home to another suburb “to make a transaction.” Unlike Marc, I live in a city and the nearest comics store is three blocks away. However, I’m not a particular fan of this four-color emporium – I used to have a fantastic shop six blocks away where I browsed and hung out and bought for many decades, but it closed because of the owner’s illness – so I downloaded and read the e-comic version.
First the positives:
The artwork, »
- Mindy Newell
Actor, producer and director Keanu Reeves has signed with WME in all areas.
Reeves started his career headlining box office hits, but has also taken to auteur-driven projects in recent years like Nicolas Winding Refn’s upcoming “Neon Demon,” while still starring in commercial successes like “John Wick.”
“Neon Demon” premieres at the Cannes Film Festival next week. The film will be released on June 24 by Amazon and Broad Green.
“John Wick 2,” the follow-up to Reeves’ 2014 hit, will premiere February 2017 from director Chad Stahelski. The original pic overwhelmed at the box office, bringing in $71 million worldwide on a $20 million budget.
- Justin Kroll
The kidnapped kitten at the center of the new comedy Keanu is obviously named after Keanu Reeves, the seemingly immortal star of Speed, Point Break, The Matrix, and John Wick, but we now know that the actor himself has a tiny cameo in the film. Keanu Reeves plays Keanu the cat. Well, technically he voices […]
The post Yes, Keanu Reeves Voices Keanu the Cat in ‘Keanu’ appeared first on /Film. »
- Jacob Hall
John Wick star Keanu Reeves is set to receive the Vanguard Award at this year’s CineCon in Las Vegas. CineCon is the official convention of The National Association of Theatre Owners (Nato) and will be held from April 11 – 14, 2016 at Caesars Palace.
“With just shy of three decades of roles in both blockbuster and critically acclaimed films, Keanu Reeves has brought moviegoing audiences such memorable films as ‘Dangerous Liaisons,’ ‘Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure,’ ‘Point Break,’ ‘Speed,’ ‘The Matrix’ trilogy, and ‘John Wick,’ to name just a few,” said Mitch Neuhauser, Managing Director of CinemaCon. “His work on the big screen will continue to captivate audiences when he returns as John Wick in ‘John Wick: Chapter 2,’ and we could not be more honored to present him with this years ‘CinemaCon Vanguard Award.’”
Reeves will receive the top honour in person at the CinemaCon Big Screen Achievement Awards ceremony taking place the evening of Thursday, »
- Paul Heath
There was a time when you could count great movie sequels on one, maybe two hands. Certainly those that seemed to surpass the original – Aliens, Terminator 2: Judgement Day, Spider-Man 2, these weren’t just great films, but continuations of what became massive movie franchises. In today’s era, said franchises are everywhere, from the uber-successful Marvel Cinematic Universe to upcoming (and sometime questionable) franchises like Universal horror or… well… Robin Hood. It doesn’t matter what the question is, a stand-alone Friar Tuck movie isn’t the answer.
But that’s the thing about franchises; they’re unpredictable, and seldom work out the way the studios expect. Even the most bankable names and faces can come to a crashing halt – failures like Batman & Robin and Police Academy 7: Mission To Moscow proving so bad that they killed off their entire institutions. Of course, before a time of death is officially announced, »
- Baz Greenland
An adaptation of Meg (short for “megalodon”) has been in the works for almost 20 years. Back in 2007, director Jan de Bont (Speed) was attached to the a version produced by Guillermo del Toro (Crimson Peak), but after two and a half years of production and millions of dollars spent, New Line pulled the plug. The killer shark movie has seen […]
- Jack Giroux
As we began talking about editorial content we could publish to celebrate the release of Hail, Caesar!, the latest film from Joel and Ethan Coen, we realized that none of us had the same top five lists, and that it seems unusual for that to be the case. The Coens have had such a rich and varied career that it is impossible to pin them down to one style or one theme or one type of storytelling. Some people love their comedies. Some people love it when they get dark. Some people love the underdogs, the least-liked of their films. But what's clear is that every film they've made has its fans, and even their worst films are beloved by someone. There are few artists like the Coen Brothers, and we were delighted to get lists from each of our special guest contributors this time. The diversity of the replies »
- HitFix Staff
Eli Roth’s cannibal horror The Green Inferno is heading into UK cinemas (finally) on February 12th, and the director took the time out to talk to us about the film (which you will hear on an upcoming episode of the Flickering Myth podcast). Up next for the director, however, is the giant shark movie Meg, and Roth told us about his unusual pitch for the movie.
“When I met with the studio I basically said, ‘You know Pac-Man eating dots? Well the shark is Pac-Man and the dots are people’,” Roth joked with us. “That’s the movie I’m making. Give me five surfers to go in one bite. There’s no fighting, there’s no trashing – it just swallows and keeps moving. You’re a dot in a Pac-Man maze.”
“They loved it,” he continues. “It’s going to be scary and it’s going to be exciting. »
- Luke Owen
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