19 items from 2014
Vampires have a long literary history, where we have read tales of the undead as glamorous monsters with charm, beauty, and talents of seduction. It was long understood that the Count Dracula’s of the world used their sexuality to lure in prey, and as these stories are continually translated on to the big screen we are starting to see the sexual side of vampires in a far more visual manner.
Vampire films may be considered a new trend, but films featuring the children of the night have been popular since Nosferatu frightened audiences, or Bela Lugosi breathed life into the iconic character of Dracula. Lately we have seen the vampire myth take a decidedly different turn from the usual monster fare with films like Twilight, that explore a more casual and “tweeny’ take on the mythical monsters. That won’t be who we are discussing today, and »
- Scott Fraser
With Joseph Gordon-Levitt attached to star, produce and possibly direct the upcoming adaptation of the brilliant comic series Sandman, now the time has come to give him a script to work from. Warner Bros. is getting busy with that very task, as writer Jack Thorne has come aboard the project to pen the screenplay. According to Deadline, Thorne will be working from a pitch designed by David S. Goyer, whose previous comic book credits include The Dark Knight trilogy, the Blade trilogy, and Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance. Based on the Neil Gaiman comics that began in 1989, Sandman follows the story of Morpheus, the personification of dreams, who finds himself imprisoned by an occult ritual for 70 years. After managing to escape, he both takes vengeance against the people who kept him in chains and works to rebuild the empire that has crumbled in his absence. Gordon-Levitt will be taking the »
How Marvel should reintroduce Blade into its Cinematic Universe 1. Cast Mahershala Ali He is not exactly a household name, but he showed some legitimate acting chops in both House of Cards (particularly in Season 2) and in the Movie “Predators” as the Sierre Leone Death Squad Soldier. Although Wesley Snipes portrayal as Blade probably cannot be topped (After the success of the movie, Marvel changed the character within the comics to be more like Snipes’s portrayal in the 616 universe and especially in the Ultimate Universe), but his combination of a superhero’s build (he’s 6’2” and pretty built) and onscreen presence (although his time in “Predators” was short, his character’s imposing presence amongst other killers was definitely felt) should produce a quality anti-hero or dark protagonist. Also, the quiet/understated confidence, intelligence, sense of realness and passion he brings to the role, as Remy Danton in “House of Cards »
Warner Bros Evp Production Lynn Harris is leaving the studio after a ten year run there. One of the smartest execs in town, she has long been rumored for top posts in all sorts of places, to the point where, each time I’d call her she would say, “Where am I going now?” The most recent speculation was that she could wind up in a high post at Disney after Alan Horn left Warner Bros to take over that studio. Harris will stay until June 1, and she will oversee Godzilla, Jupiter Ascending, and Blended through their conclusions. The early speculation now is that Harris might go and rejoin Jeff Robinov in his new Sony deal, for which he is still raising money. They worked well together on Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity, and I wouldn’t be surprised if it takes him that long to get things up and running. »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Last month, it was rumoured that Blade and Sons of Anarchy star Donal Logue was set to take on the role of Commissioner Gordon in Fox's upcoming DC series Gotham, and while the role of Detective Gordon subsequently went to Ben McKenzie (The O.C., Batman: Year One), the original report wasn't entirely wide of the mark, with Logue announced as having secured the role of Gotham P.D. Detective Harvey Bullock. Speaking to Nerd Repository, Logue has discussed his casting in the Batman prequel series, as well as giving us some insight into the tone of the show.
"What I do love about Gotham, that I can say so far, is that it creates this incredible world that, for me, you can step into things that almost feel like the roaring 20s, and then there’s this other really kind of heavy Blade Runner vibe floating around", Logue responded when »
- Gary Collinson
When it comes to movie monsters, there is no comparison. Dinner with a zombie would inevitably get messy. Frankenstein's Monster is a lousy conversationalist. Werewolves are boring three weeks out of every four.
But vampires? Now you're talking. Vampires are suave, stylish and sexy. Even when they turn on you, you get the benefit of eternal youth and an excuse to stay up all night, every night.
The simplest way to become a vampire is to don fake teeth and fangs very much, I vant to suck your blood. Yet Max Schreck went much further, perfecting a chillingly inhuman look as Nosferatu with a bald head, rat's ears and long nails.
The reclusive Schreck kept his acting »
It's been a while since we've seen or heard anything about the testosterone-filled action sequel The Expendables 3, but thanks to Manly Movie we've got a few new photos from the set of the film featuring Mel Gibson's bad guy Conrad Stonebanks and Sylvester Stallone's Barney Ross...
In The Expendables 3, Barney, Christmas and the rest of the team comes face-to-face with Conrad Stonebanks, who years ago co-founded The Expendables with Barney. Stonebanks subsequently became a ruthless arms trader and someone who Barney was forced to kill… or so he thought. Stonebanks, who eluded death once before, now is making it his mission to end The Expendables -- but Barney has other plans. Barney decides that he has to fight old blood with new blood, and brings in a new era of Expendables team members, recruiting individuals who are younger, faster and more tech-savvy. The latest mission becomes »
- Gary Collinson
[Mild Arrow spoilers follow]
The CW has had great success with television series based on DC Comics title characters; first with Smallville, which ran for ten seasons (and was then continued in comic book form) and told the story of Clark Kent and his path toward becoming Superman; and now with Arrow, the series based on Green Arrow, starring Stephen Amell as Oliver Queen/Arrow. Next up, The Flash, which is a spin-off of Arrow. The Flash will star Grant Gustin as Barry Allen, who was introduced this season on Arrow, and was last seen returning to Central City and being injured in a freak accident in his police lab involving lightning.
The recent news is that John Wesley Shipp has been added to the roster, playing what is only being described as a mysterious person, but who will gradually become a more important part of the storyline. Shipp is remembered as having played »
After adding five cast members yesterday [see here and here], Fox has now filled another key role in its upcoming Batman prequel series Gotham, with Donal Logue (Sons of Anarchy, Blade) signing on to play Detective Harvey Bullock. Logue had previously been identified by Latino-Review as a potential addition, although they assumed he'd be playing the role of Jim Gordon, which has now been filled by Ben McKenzie (Batman: Year One).
Logue and McKenzie are set to be joined in the cast of the pilot by Sean Pertwee (Dog Soldiers) as Alfred Pennyworth, Robin Lord Taylor (Another Earth) as Oswald Cobblepot, Zabryna Guevara (The Guilt Trip) as Detective Essen and Erin Richards (Being Human) as Barbara Kean, the future Mrs. Gordon. The show has been created by Bruno Heller (The Mentalist), with Danny Cannon (Judge Dredd) set to executive produce, as well as directing the pilot.
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- Gary Collinson
Nerds, for better or worse, should probably worship at the altar of David Goyer. The guy kickstarted the comic book movie boom and rescued Marvel from financial insolvency by penning the Blade series. Then Warner Bros. recruited him to help re-invent Batman with Christopher Nolan. The WB also kept him on for Man Of Steel, and now Goyer is providing the blueprint for their entire comic-inspired shared universe. It.s that sort of far-reaching influence that makes you forget some of the not-that-interesting credits on his resume. Just start with his TV producing credits for Freakylinks and FlashForward and work your way out from there. Nonetheless, his name was strong enough to start a bidding war for his latest project, and Lionsgate is the victor. As per THR, Goyer is directing The Breach, an adaptation of a Patrick Lee novel being written by Justin Rhodes (Grassroots). Big shot producer Lorenzo »
While David S. Goyer certainly has his hands full working on the delayed production of Batman vs. Superman (which just gained Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor), he's also looking to get back behind the camera again. After helming Blade Trinity, The Unborn and The Invisible, THR has word that Goyer is attached to direct The Breach, a new sci-fi action thriller produced by Lorenzo di Bonaventura (of Transformers) that Lionsgate just picked up in a bidding war with other studios. The film is based on the novel of the same name by Patrick Lee, and has drawn comparisons to "24" and "The X-Files." More below! Justin Rhodes (Grassroots, Contract Killers) will adapt the book which follows corrupt ex-cop who is trying to get his life back in order when he discovers a crashed plane in the Alaska wilderness. But among the wreckage is the First Lady and evidence of a mysterious missing item. »
- Ethan Anderton
NBC‘s Constantine TV Show Pilot Takes Shape. When NBC first optioned Constantine, based on a Vertigo/Dcu comics character and series, Daniel Cerone and David S. Goyer were already attached. Daniel Cerone (The Mentalist) wrote the script, based on a collaboration with Goyer (Blade trilogy & series, Dark Knight trilogy, [...]
Continue reading: Constantine: Director Tapped for NBC TV Show Pilot »
- Sam Joseph
Ka-li (noun): 1) One of the manifestations and cult titles of the wife of Shiva and mother goddess Devi, especially in her malevolent role as a goddess of death and destruction, depicted as black, red-eyed, blood-stained, and wearing a necklace of skulls...
2) Eskrima, Arnis and Kali are umbrella terms for the traditional martial arts of the Philippines ("Filipino Martial Arts," or Fma) that emphasize weapon-based fighting with sticks, knives and other bladed weapons, and various improvised weapons.
It also includes hand-to-hand combat, joint locks, grappling and weapon disarming techniques.
More and more, martial arts action sequences are becoming integral to genre filmmaking. From the "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" series (1997) and Blade (1998) to The Hulk (2003) and Resident Evil: Apocalypse (2004), we’re seeing more and more cinematic heroes who are kickin’ ass. One commonality in all of the aforementioned films are the action choreographers/stunt people: Ron Balicki and Diana Lee Inosanto. »
When I originally got the tip from my source that Donal Logue got the offer, I made error and assumed it was for the Gordon part. I was wrong. My fault. I apologize. What Donal Logue actually got the offer was for Det. Harvey Bullock who is in his 40s and described as Gordon’s mentor in the pilot. Again, my apologies to the readers because sometimes, in the race to be first with a scoop, I didn’t bother to ask for which part which was pretty amateur and stupid on my part. As they say, assumption is the mother of all screwups as I just proved. Won’t happen again. So Donal Logue did in fact get an offer but for another part and not Gordon. Hope this clears things up.
- El Mayimbe
Has Jim Gordon been cast in Fox's Gotham TV series? According to Latino Review, yes he has.
According to the actor in question, however, no he hasn't.
The movie website claims Donal Logue (Sons of Anarchy, Blade) "has been offered the lead part of Commissioner James Gordon in Fox's upcoming Gotham TV show which has just been ordered to series." This comes just a day after the TV series' pilot was greenlit by Fox, so the show has not yet been "ordered to series" in the traditional sense, though Variety did report back in September that the deal involves "a hefty down payment," and Deadline said on Monday that there is a "full intention" to go to series. There is also the logic hole of Logue being cast as Commissioner James Gordon, when the show's primary directive is that it's set before the bespectacled ginger is promoted, while he's still only at Detective rank. »
- Oliver Davis
Gotham, from The Mentalist creator Bruno Heller, explores the origin stories of Commissioner James Gordon and the villains who made Gotham City famous. In the pilot, Gordon is still a detective with the Gotham City Police Department and has yet to meet Batman.
Just yesterday, Fox Chairman Kevin Reilly announced the news that the show will indeed feature a young Bruce Wayne (give me a minute & I will bag this scoop too).
“The show will arc a young Bruce Wayne from a child (around 12) into the final episode of the series, when he will put on the cape. »
- Matt MacNabb
On the heels of word yesterday that the series has plans to incorporate familiar Batman villains, comes the rumor, via Latino Review , that Fox's "Gotham" series has offered the leading role of James Gordon to "Copper" and "Sons of Anarchy" star Donal Logue. No stranger to comic book projects, Logue has appeared in big screen adaptations like Ghost Rider and Blade . Under development from "The Mentalist" creator Bruno Heller, "Gotham" will focus on a young Gordon in Gotham City years before Bruce Wayne puts on the Batman cape and cowl, though it has been said that a young Bruce (roughly 12 years old) will appear in the series as well. The pilot episode will be directed by Danny Cannon. Update: Logue has now posted the »
New Line Cinema, Marvel Entertainment
Gone are the days where heroes dressed in costume were considered camp and not a box office draw: the superhero movie is now one of the primary sources of blockbuster cinema entertainment, and of box office bucks. In the coming year alone, audiences around the world will see the release of another Spider-Man film, a second Captain America, a fifth film to bear the X-Men brand, and Marvel’s answer to Star Wars featuring a band of misfit adventurers in space, in Guardians Of The Galaxy.
And that’s not to mention 2015 with the first screen pairing of Superman and Batman (and Wonder Woman), Paul Rudd and Michael Douglas as two diminutive Ant-Men, a Fantastic Four reboot, a possible Venom movie, and the second Avengers film. That’s quite a lot to take in even for the most die-hard of comic book/superhero fans. So »
- Daniel Frazier
A Witch, a Wolf, A Raccoon, and The Muppets. Everything you’d come to expect from Walt Disney Studios.
Not only did they release their official slate for 2014 on this final day of the year, but the studio also gave us a first look photo along with the official synopsis for director James Gunn’s much-anticipated Guardians Of The Galaxy.
Check out the whole kit and caboodle below.
The Wind Rises
In The Wind Rises, Jiro (voice of Joseph Gordon-Levitt) dreams of flying and designing beautiful airplanes, inspired by the famous Italian aeronautical designer Caproni (voice of Stanley Tucci). Nearsighted from a young age and unable to be a pilot, Jiro joins a major Japanese engineering company in 1927 and becomes one of the world’s most innovative and accomplished airplane designers. The film chronicles much of his life, depicting key historical events, including the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923, the Great Depression, »
- Michelle McCue
19 items from 2014
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