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If we go back before the huge success of The Dark Knight (2008) and the media-hyped excitement of The Dark Knight Rises (2012), there still lives a pure gem from Christopher Nolan in the shape of Batman Begins (2005).
Tim Burton’s Batman (1989) and Batman Returns (1992) brought our cave and mansion dwelling hero to the big screen in a way no-one had ever expected and those two movies, very specifically, still stand up to the endlessly changeable tests of time. When Joel Schumacher took up the reigns for the likes of Batman Forever (1995) and Batman & Robin (1997), none of us ever thought that the Bat-man would make such an ambitious return some years later when Christopher Nolan turned up with an absolute game-changer for both his back catalogue and the superhero film industry.
Batman Begins remains one of the best of the last 11 years with a truly tremendous origin story that’s swathed in truth, »
- Dan Bullock
The Expendables 3 didn’t do too well at the box office, saved only by international takings. It didn’t do too well with us here at Flickering Myth either, and you can see why here and here. And it seems that the big man himself, Sylvester Stallone, agreed. In an interview with Crave Online (which you can read here), the action star is asked if future instalments will be R-rated:
“Absolutely unequivocally yes. I believe it was a horrible miscalculation on everyone’s part in trying to reach a wider audience, but in doing such, diminish the violence that the audience expects. I’m quite certain it won’t happen again.”
Phew. Lets hope that he sticks to that when EX4 rolls around. At least he lost that awful moustache.
- Chris Cooper
The slasher movie, if we'll admit it to ourselves, is about our fears of teen sexuality. Whether you're a teen made nervous by your own hormones or a parent afraid of what trouble those hormones will get your kid into, the slasher-movie villain is your fears made flesh. But with the release 30 years ago this week (November 9, 1984) of Wes Craven's "A Nightmare on Elm Street," the slasher film entered a new dimension.
With the creation of Freddy Krueger (played indelibly by Robert Englund), who could kill teens in their dreams, the slasher villain proved there was no place that was safe, not even the subconscious.
In retrospect, the genre may have peaked with the release of this film; after all, how many other slasher villains since have been anywhere near as memorable? Unlike his predecessors, Jason Voorhees (of the "Friday the 13th" movies) and Michael Myers (of the "Halloween »
- Gary Susman
At the multiplex, the age-old battle between DC Comics and Marvel Comics -- between the House of Superman and Batman and the House of Spider-Man and Iron Man -- there's no question that Marvel has been winning decisively for nearly two decades. But what about the battle between the two superhero universes on TV?
On the small screen, DC seems to be on top, as it has since virtually the dawn of television. Just in terms of sheer numbers, DC has four current primetime series ("Arrow," "The Flash," "Gotham," and "Constantine"), compared to just one for Marvel ("Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.").
A recent article at Salon pointed out this discrepancy, which naturally got the author in trouble with the Marvel faithful. Marvel defenders will tell you that "S.H.I.E.L.D." is much improved in its second season over its first, and that the DC characters, storylines, and even visuals seem thin by comparison. »
- Gary Susman
Cbr managed to nab Chadwick Boseman at an La press event for some quotes regarding the massive announcement from last week that he'd be stepping into the role of T'Challa/Black Panther in Marvel's Captain America: Civil War, and then again when he takes the lead in a solo outing for the character. This is the first time we've heard anything from him since that announcement, and to say he seems very exited would be understatement. Though the Black Panther movie is obviously a huge deal and will indeed be Marvel Studio's first project to feature an African American actor in a leading role, Boseman is quick to point out that Wesley Snipes brought another Marvel Comics character, Blade, to the screen in a series of movies many years before -- and that Anthony Mackie's Falcon also played a prominent role in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. He does, »
Fleming: Deadline held its annual Contenders Event yesterday, where my colleagues Pete Hammond, Dominic Patten and I interviewed filmmakers, actors, composers and producers behind the Oscar films, directly to a room full of voters. It’s worthwhile on many fronts, not the least of which is reconnecting us to filmmaker passion and reminding us that creative ambition is alive and well. But as Pee-Wee Herman once famously said onscreen, “There is always a big but, so tell us about your big but.” Here’s my big but. I’ve prowled the town the past week, and discovered a profound sense of depression after Warner Bros and Marvel trotted out superhero slates through 2020. Adding Sony’s Spider-Man line and »
- Peter Bart and Mike Fleming Jr
David Goyer may be best known to audiences for his work writing Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy and last year's Man Of Steel, but he has also worked in the horror genre with movies like Blade and The Unborn. On the small screen, Goyer may be about to unleash an event series based on a novel by one of the top authors in the genre. Deadline reports that Goyer is developing Peter Straub's novel Shadowland for NBC. Goyer has a first look deal with the network that started with the »
- Alex Maidy
Further proving that we are living through the biggest week for superhero-movie news since last week and the week before, Warner Bros. just announced one of the most hilariously aggressive franchise-extension plans in movie history. Between now and 2020, WB plans to release a whopping 13 movies based on DC comic book characters–including two Justice League movies, the long-awaited Wonder Woman film, a movie starring the popular Lego™ Batman character and a movie starring the somewhat less popular Affleck™ Batman character. Now, it's hard to know where this fits into the glorious history of Superhero Franchise announcements. Is this the second »
- Darren Franich
As a part of their announcement today, Warner Brothers slated a "Cyborg" movie for 2020. Ray Fisher is going to be taking on the lead role in the film as Victor Stone/Cyborg. That is going to make Ray Fisher the first big screen, big solo title, African-American superhero since Wesley Snipes was Blade (excluding "Hancock"). For the record, the last "Blade" film, "Blade: Trinity" was released in 2004. That means that it will be about 16 years between it and "Cyborg," depending on the exact release date for the new movie. We will, however, be seeing Fisher in the role of Cyborg before that stand-alone effort. Between now and then there are at least two "Justice League" movies, several solo efforts, and "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice." Fisher is slated to appear in "Dawn of Justice," at minimum, and as a larger universe is being built, it would be terribly premature »
- Josh Lasser
Time is ticking for Goodweather and his cohorts as they close in on The Master and his minions….
So here is a finale. The culmination of a series considered by many to be average and singled out, perhaps unfairly, for its mediocrity. That Guillermo del Toro, confirmed master of fantasy fare and macabre offerings should be behind this is still the most baffling element.
Neither truly frightening nor engaging enough to warrant my full attention, The Strain finale felt constrained by its source material and ultimately a slave to those limitations. Lifting liberally from both the Nightwatch vampire flicks and Blade franchise, this orchestrated showdown felt uninspired and dramatically vacant. That it happens in a specific location, in relation to a certain character, screams out to me that huge chunks of backstory have been culled. In truth it seemed too neat, »
- Gary Collinson
Over the course of Rick and Morty's first season, the Adult Swim series created by Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon quickly evolved from a cult sensation into a straight-up sensation, earning solid ratings and general acclaim with its far-flung tales of bizarro sci-fi adventuring. The show isn't returning until 2015, but the first season arrives on DVD/Blu-Ray today. To celebrate, co-creator Justin Roiland (who voices both titular characters) made a series of videos featuring Rick and Morty puppets. In the video below, exclusive to EW, Rick and Morty attempt to recreate a scene from Wesley Snipes' Blade. Kind of. »
- Darren Franich
Exclusive: Following her exit from the executive suites of Warner Bros after steering Gravity, Magic Mike, Man Of Steel and others over a decade, Lynn Harris was rumored to be headed for a multitude of exec jobs that included being part of former boss Jeff Robinov’s new shingle. She instead chose to become her own boss. Harris has partnered with her husband Matti Leshem in Weimaraner Republic Pictures, a company that will generate content in film, TV and digital. They have quietly set up a bunch of projects at studios around town, and I only found out about their overall plans when Deadline revealed the heated auction for the Tony Jaswinski girl-vs.-shark pitch In The Deep, which Sony acquired as two other studios circled in the water.
- Mike Fleming Jr
Horror cinema has a long tradition of creating iconic characters and none more so than those borne in the early days of the genre: characters such as Frankenstein’s monster, the Mummy, the Creature from the Black Lagoon and, of course, Dracula – the king of horror. A character who, despite his many cinematic deaths, always returns to the silver screen for one more bite of flesh… As he does this week in Dracula Untold, which features Luke Evans as the evil Vlad Tepes.
With that in mind we thought we’d rundown the ten best unforgettable Dracula performances in cinema. Check them out below and let us know in the comments if you agree or disagree!
Dracula (1958) is the first in the series of Hammer Horror films. Directed by Terence Fisher, Dracula (1958) stars Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Melissa Stribling, Carol Marsh and Michael Gough. Retitled Horror of Dracula »
- Phil Wheat
Thomas Roach with five Marvel characters who should get their own Netflix TV series….
The Marvel Cinematic Universe is expanding fast with not just films being released each year but now shows on television. Next year we are set for two movies – Avengers: Age of Ultron and Ant-Man – but also we will be getting our first Marvel Netflix show, Daredevil. Marvel announced last year that it had made a deal with Netflix to produce four series which would all lead to a Defenders miniseries. So far Daredevil is the only one in production, with actor Charlie Cox playing the title role. We are also set to get Iron Fist, Luke Cage and Jessica Jones series on Netflix over the next few years.
As well as the Netflix shows, we are set to have an Agent Carter TV series on ABC, as well as the continuing series Agents of S.H. »
- Thomas Roach
Viewster Online Film Festival will offer total prize money of $100,000.
German actor Udo Kier is to head the jury of the third Viewster Online Film Fest (#Voff) (Sept 11-25), which will showcase genre shorts, features, web series and teasers
European video-on-demand service Viewster is offering total prize money of $100,000 to the winning producers, announced at the closing night gala of the Raindance Film Festival on Oct 5.
A total of 500 films have been accepted from 60 countries worldwide, including the Us, UK, France, Brazil, Australia, India and Canada.
Viewster’s online audience will vote on the films, generating a shortlist that will be considered by a jury headed by Kier. The German actor is known for roles in films such as Blade, Iron Sky, Melancholia and more recently Nymphomaniac.
Kier said: “I’m sure »
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
Thought the piss-poor box office figures for this past summer would discourage studios from making more sequels? Think again. After the jump: Relativity will release The Woman in Black 2 Could Koba be back for the next Apes movie? Wesley Snipes might return for another Blade film Will Forte still really wants a MacGruber sequel […]
- Angie Han
In terms of comeback performances, Wesley Snipes in the (let’s face it, slightly) overindulgent “The Expendables 3″ was probably not all that successful. The film tanking at the box office certainly didn’t help. But I gotta admit, I had fun watching Snipes return to the big screen. With “The Expendables 3″ in the rear view mirror and his career (sort of) back on track — or at least, he’s not in prison anymore, so you know, that’s a hell of an improvement — what are the possibility of Snipes slipping on the shades and slicing vampire fools up once again as the Marvel comic book character Blade? As you’ll recall, Snipes starred in all three “Blade” films, playing a half-vampire, half-human slayer with a badass arsenal complimented by some wicked badass martial artistry. You could even say his Blade was the first real Marvel character to hit it big, »
Though moviegoers have expressed their apathy towards the vampire movie recently in a post-Twilight world, it’s easy to forget the cinematic legacy of everyone’s favorite bloodsucking nightcrawler. Particularly in the 90s, where films such as From Dusk Till Dawn, An Interview With A Vampire and, in particular, the Wesley Snipes-led Blade helped cement the vampire’s on-screen image as a true beacon of skin-crawling terror.
Well, according to a report by The New York Daily News, it appears as though the latter horror-infused property is on track to get a reboot of sorts with Blade 4, after the outlet announced that early signs of Snipes returning to the franchise as the titular vigilante were “looking good.”
We’ve known for some time that the American star is passionate about the IP itself and wants to breath new garlic-tinged life into the franchise. That said, a long time has »
- Michael Briers
The Expendables III may not have been the raging success that its makers were hoping it would be (courtesy of a muted PG-13 rating and a well-reported internet leak), but it did mark the return of Wesley Snipes to the big screen. Snipes had been, er, 'otherwise engaged' for a couple of years, but now he's out of prison, he's clearly keen to get cracking with a few more movies.
What's more, he might be landing a decent payday to reprise arguably his most successful role (Demolition Man aside, natch). The New York Daily News is reporting that Snipes has been offered $3m and a cut of the profits to reprise the role of Blade in a new sequel. This follows murmurings of a new Blade film in the weeks before. »
Stan Lee, the well known creator of many of the world’s greatest comic characters and the king of cameos, may have let it slip that Marvel Studios are definitely working on a film based on Black Panther. Comic Book Resources quoted Lee at the Fan Expo Canada saying, “We haven’t made a Black Widow movie but she’s been in some of our movies, and she will be featured more prominently as we move forward,” Lee said. “And the chances are she will have her own movie because eventually all the superheroes are going to have their own movies. They are already working on Ant-Man, Dr. Strange and the Black Panther and there are others I am not allowed to talk about”.
This is exciting news for multiple reasons. First there has been a little bit of outcry for more diversity in superhero films. Captain America: The Winter Solider introduced Falcon, »
- Max Molinaro
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