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This year is the 20th anniversary of the Slamdance Film Festival. For those who don’t know about Slamdance, it runs during the same time as the Sundance Film Festival, and all of the films are true indies. Sundance has its fair share, but you won’t see any famous actors in a Slamdance movie. However, you could see the debut work from an up-and-coming director. Slamdance alums include Christopher Nolan (Following), Marc Forster (Loungers), Jared Hess (Peluca), Lena Dunham (Dealing), Benh Zeitlin (Egg), and Lynn Shelton (We Go Way Back). If I had time to swing by Slamdance, I would because while it’s definitely a crapshoot, you could end up seeing something entirely unexpected and worth championing. Hit the jump for a list of films playing in competition at this year’s Slamdance Film Festival, which runs from January 17th – 23rd in Park City, Utah at the Treasure Mountain Inn. »
- Matt Goldberg
Two aged American heroes saunter on to small screens this week. No surprise that the one fighting fit is Clark Kent himself, back in moneyed, near-machine-like condition in Zack Snyder's sturdy, appropriately metallic and largely humourless Superman update Man of Steel (Warner, 12). Less expected is that it's dustily unfashionable lawman The Lone Ranger (Disney, 12) who gets far the more thrilling film. Unjustly maligned by critics who smelled blood as inevitable commercial failure loomed, it re-emerges on DVD looking to harvest as cultish a following as any Disney mega-production can hope for.
Man of Steel may boast the airbrushed visual sheen and positively homoerotic muscularity that is Snyder's directorial signature, but it's otherwise focus-grouped to the nth degree: the dominant creative presence is not Snyder but producer Christopher Nolan, whose recent Batman trilogy set the tone of stern, »
- Guy Lodge
Christian Bale is doing press rounds for his new film Out of the Furnace and in an interview with MTV the conversation inevitably turned to Batman and his performance in Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight trilogy. The conversation first touches on the "BatKid" phenomenon that recently swept up the nation followed by Bale's thoughts on Ben Affleck taking over the role in Batman vs. Superman to which he said: "I wish him all the best. He's a very experienced actor and filmmaker and he'll make it his own. Our thing's finished, we've always declared it's finished and it should be passed on to another actor and it will be again after him. The only thing I said to him is just make sure you can take a piss without anyone having to help him. Because it's a little humiliating, at least what I went through, when you have to »
- Brad Brevet
Hans Zimmer has revealed that he has composed a theme tune for 'Batkid'.
Following a Twitter campaign, 5-year-old leukaemia patient Miles Scott was recently handed his dream of becoming the superhero for the day.
With the help of Make-a-Wish Foundation, residents of San Francisco set up a series of mock crimes for him to battle.
In a statement, Zimmer's publicist Rae Murillo confirmed that he has written music for Scott's big day.
She said: "Yes, Hans did write a score for Batkid. We're not yet sure when or how the music will be incorporated... so we're just waiting to see how the music is going to be used."
Scott will receive his own copy of the song before anyone else, Murillo added.
Zimmer previously provided the score for Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy.
During his big day earlier this month, Scott saved a woman tied to cable car tracks and foiled a bank robbery, »
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 14 Nov 2013 - 06:19
The overlooked greats of the year 1998 come under the spotlight in our list of its 25 underappreciated movies...
Dominated as it was by the financial success of two giant killer asteroid movies, gross-out comedy hit There's Something About Mary and Steven Spielberg's Saving Private Ryan, 1998 proved to be an extraordinary year for cinema.
Okay, so history doesn't look back too fondly on Roland Emmerich's mishandled Godzilla remake, and Lethal Weapon 4 was hardly the best buddy-cop flick ever made, despite its handsome profit. But search outside the top-10 grossing films of that year, and you'll find all kinds of spectacular modern classics: Peter Weir's wonderful The Truman Show, John Frankenheimer's rock-solid thriller Ronin, and Terrence Malick's The Thin Red Line.
Then there was The Big Lebowski, the Coen brothers' sublime comedy that has since become a deserved and oft-quoted cult favourite. »
The bizarre casting choices for the big "Batman vs. Superman" movie just keep coming. Following the uber-polarizing decision to hand over the Batsuit to Ben Affleck, it's been reported that "Girls" actor Adam Driver is the frontrunner for Batman's estranged sidekick Dick Grayson, aka Nightwing (formerly Robin).
On Friday (Nov. 8), The Wrap broke the news that Driver has emerged as the first choice for the role in director Zack Snyder's sequel, according to source close to the project. The report also claims at least two other actors are in the running for the role, though they remain unnamed.
Driver is, well, an odd choice for the role. He's great at playing awkward in his Emmy-nominated "Girls" role, but is he a crime fighter? Nah.
Without further ado, Zap2it presents the five actors better suited for the high-profile role.
Jgl seems almost the obvious choice. While Affleck »
Distributor: Summit Entertainment
An anti-bullying allegory writ on the largest possible scale, “Ender’s Game” frames an interstellar battle between mankind and pushy ant-like aliens, called Formics, in which Earth’s fate hinges on a tiny group of military cadets, most of whom haven’t even hit puberty yet. At face value, the film presents an electrifying star-wars scenario — that rare case where an epic space battle transpires entirely within the span of two hours — while at the same time managing to deliver a higher pedagogical message about tolerance, empathy and coping under pressure. Against considerable odds, this risky-sounding Orson Scott Card adaptation actually works, as director Gavin Hood pulls off the sort of teen-targeted franchise starter Summit was hoping for.
— Peter Debruge
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Distributor: Relativity Media
Month-old mashed potatoes wouldn’t leave behind as questionable an aftertaste as “Free Birds,” a »
- Variety Staff
As you may be aware, DC Comics and Warner Bros. are starting to press the accelerator on the development of their properties on both film and television. DC and Warner have had recent success on the big screen with Christopher Nolan’s acclaimed Dark Knight trilogy and this years Man Of Steel. They also have the successful Arrow on television screens which has just began its second season.
Following these successful adaptations of some of the characters from their vast library, they have announced plans for an Arrow spin-off series based on The Flash, a Gotham series focussing on James Gordon and a Constantine television adaptation. These are in addition to the films DC Comics and Warner Bros. currently have in development, which include Batman Vs Superman, a potential Justice League film and Guillermo Del Toro’s Justice League Dark.
- Ben Read
A teacher-pupil affair spirals into sexual obsession and violence in this edge-of-the-seat thriller from Jahmil Xt Qubeka
The London film festival has presented me with an exciting discovery this year: the South African film-maker Jahmil Xt Qubeka, who brings some scalding steam-heat with a sensational noir thriller in black and white called Of Good Report. (It is actually his third feature, following two previous films, uMalusi and A Small Town Called Descent, which have yet to show up on IMDb.) Watching this brazenly shocking and gripping film, I remembered the feeling I had on seeing Christopher Nolan's low-budget black-and-white debut, Following. Here is a director who is going places.
The drama concerns a shy, spindly, bespectacled young man called Parker Sithole, played by Mothusi Magano. He has an enigmatic, stricken look – like Jack Nance in Eraserhead or Anthony Perkins in Psycho. Parker is new in town, having turned up »
- Peter Bradshaw
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 10 Oct 2013 - 03:27
Another 25 unsung greats come under the spotlight, as we provide our pick of the underappreciated films of 1993...
What a year 1993 was. It saw the release of Star Fox on the Super Nintendo. Bill Clinton became president. Season three of Deep Space Nine premiered on Us television. UK politician Douglas Hurd visited Argentina. Cyndi Lauper released her album Hat Full Of Stars.
Aside from those earth shattering events, we'll probably remember 1993, in cinema terms, as the year Jurassic Park dominated the box office like an angry Tyrannosaurus. A true phenomenon, its profits doubled those of the second most watched film in 1993 cinemas, Mrs Doubtfire, and almost three times as much as the movie below that - the Harrison Ford thriller, The Fugitive.
But as ever, there was so much more to the 1993 movie landscape than dinosaurs and Robin Williams dressed as an old woman. »
This past summer’s Man of Steel marked a big step forward for Warner Bros. with regards to its DC Comics properties. Following Marvel’s massive success with interconnected superhero movies, WB has been trying to find a way to take a similar approach to its DC characters. Green Lantern was a swing and a miss, and Christopher Nolan made it very clear that his Dark Knight Trilogy was a standalone set of films not set within a larger universe. But with Man of Steel, WB finally has a hit with a rebooted DC character, and the studio is moving forward with a follow-up that brings Batman into the fold. Obviously the endgame is a Justice League movie, but WB has been toying with that idea for years. Director George Miller came extremely close to getting his iteration of Justice League in front of cameras in 2007, but the plug was prematurely pulled. »
- Adam Chitwood
One of the most popular and well-known supporting characters in comic book history is getting his own TV series. James Gordon—that longtime ally of Batman—will be the main character of the new Fox series Gotham.
Even non-comic fans have heard of Commissioner Gordon. He’s been played by Neil Hamilton (on TV) and by Pat Hingle and Gary Oldman (in film) among others. Now he’ll be the star of his own series. Following a bidding war, the impending DC/Warner Bros. series—which will be called Gotham—has been given the direct-to-series green-light, skipping the pilot stage. The show will air on Fox. Bruno Heller, the man behind The Mentalist, will be the head writer for Gotham.
- email@example.com (Rob Young)
Between their frequent arrests, desperate need for attention and outrageously high earnings, celebrities tend to draw a lot of ire from the public. But sometimes it's easy to forget that famous people, just like everyday people, range from vapid and self-absorbed to completely cool, friendly and generous.
With that in mind, we've compiled a list of moments that will hopefully restore your faith in the ability of the rich and famous to be totally awesome.
1. Keanu Reeves Gives Away Loads of His 'Matrix' Money
Keanu Reeves catches a lot of flack for maybe kind of not being the most talented thespian out there ... but when it comes to being a first-rate guy, there's little room for debate. Exhibit A: Keanu Reeves gave an astounding $75 million of his "Matrix" money to the series' special effects and costume design team. According to someone in the know, Keanu "felt that they were the »
- Adam D'Arpino
A piece of art is hitting all the online forums that reveals Ben Affleck as Batman in the form of Steve Scott comic book art. No idea if it's all related, but Steve Scott did work directly with Chris Nolan on the comic book for The Dark Knight! Pretty cool! Following the comic image you can see what looks to be the inspiration. »
Feature Ryan Lambie 23 Aug 2013 - 17:12
If there's one thing to be gleaned from opinions on the internet, it's that all ideas are terrible until proven otherwise. It really doesn't seem that long ago since Heath Ledger's casting as the Joker got the web into a frenzy; Ledger was simply too cute, too pretty, critics said, to play the Clown Prince of Crime.
This was the handsome young actor who slid down a pole and sang Can't Take My Eyes Off You in 10 Things I Hate About You, after all - something Den Of Geek writer Mark Harrison reminded us about when he posted an oft-watched YouTube clip on Twitter. But as Ledger and movie history proved, his casting wasn't just correct - it was inspired.
Bells, wires, computers are all part of the music in Edgar Wright’s The World’S End. As you head off to the theaters this weekend to see the film, have your ears on the lookout, or listenout, for Award winning composer Steven Price’s score.
Reteaming director Edgar Wright with actors Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, The World’S End reunites five friends who return to their hometown to relive an epic pub crawl from their youth. Along the way, the “five musketeers” uncover an alien invasion and soon learn that they are mankind’s only hope of survival.
His passion for music began early: a guitarist from the age of five, he went on to achieve a First Class degree in Music from Cambridge University. »
- Michelle McCue
Odd List Simon Brew 21 Aug 2013 - 08:20
Sometimes, a sequel brings back the original director. Sometimes, they pass. Sometimes, they don't get a choice...
A week or two back, we ran a piece looking at what ways movie producers got around the fact that an actor wouldn't be returning for a sequel. But it's not just actors who drop out.
Sometimes, a director chooses not to take a job back on. And sometimes, as we're going to discuss here, they don't even get the choice...
Earlier this year, director Penelope Spheeris came together with stars Mike Myers and Dana Carvey for a Wayne's World reunion event, 21 years after the success of the original film. It would be fair to say that Spheeris and Myers had not spent much time together in the intervening period.
Spheeris is adamant that Myers didn't want her in charge for the sequel, »
It would seem that Christopher Nolan is one of the few top-tier directors to have made nary a misstep in his career. While our retrospective from about a year ago, perhaps controversially, argues that his weakest films were "Following" and "Batman Begins," even in those cases they weren't outright failures and still offered many of the techniques, motifs and trademarks that he has established consistently across a strong brace of films. Up next for the director is his secretive (naturally) sci-fi "Interstellar," but before he starts work on that next month he's got one thing to get out of the way first. Blowing out his birthday candles. Today Nolan celebrates his 43rd birthday and we figured it might be a good time to take a brief trip back in time, to the first movie that lodged him firmly into blockbuster territory: "Batman Begins." The director tends to be selective about »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Our weekly round up of the latest stories from the world of screen superheroes, including Superman and Batman, Aquaman, Arrow, Wonder Woman, The Wolverine, X-Men: Days of Future Past, X-Force, Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Guardians of the Galaxy, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Ant-Man, Agent Carter, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Venom, Kick-Ass 2, Beware the Batman, Teen Titans Go!, Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox, Justice League: War, The Awesomes and more...
Last weekend saw California hosting the annual celebration of geek culture with the 2013 San Diego Comic-Con International, and boy what a year it was for fans of superheroes. We'll start things off with Warner Bros., who made arguably the biggest announcement of the weekend - and one that would have been a Huge surprise, had the news not broke online mere hours before - at the conclusion of its Saturday panel »
- Flickering Myth
Wes Bentley, still most famous for his monologue about that plastic bag in American Beauty, is lining up a significant enough stream of blockbusters that we might start remembering him for something else. Following up on his appearance as Seneca Crane in The Hunger Games last year, Bentley has now booked a role in Christopher Nolan's Interstellar; according to The Hollywood Reporter, he's the final member of the cast to get locked in place. Anonymous insiders describe the part as "a meaty supporting role," but as with everything else on this project, the details are being kept completely secret. Everything we know about Interstellar has come through drips and drabs in casting announcements, and the only thing we really know is that it's about a group of space explorers traveling through a wormhole to another dimension. Time travel, as you might guess, also gets involved. Cal Tech physicist Kip Thorne »
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