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Our weekly round up of the latest stories from the world of screen superheroes, including Man of Steel, Justice League, Iron Man 3, The Avengers 2, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Guardians of the Galaxy, The Wolverine, X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Fantastic Four, The Amazing Spider-Man, Arrow, Booster Gold, Wonder Woman, Teen Titans Go!, Lego Batman: The Movie - DC Superheroes Unite, Avengers Assemble, Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H., Ultimate Spider-Man, The Incredibles 2 and more...
Seeing as Marvel has pretty much dominated the headlines these past few weeks (well, months actually), we'll start things off this week with the year's next superhero offering Man of Steel. With less than a month to go until its eagerly-anticipated release a full-on marketing blitz is imminent, and this past week saw Warner Bros. debuting three new posters, two TV spots, two new »
- Flickering Myth
Reports are surfacing that the epic Dark Knight and Inception director is in talks with Bond chiefs Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli to tackle where the suave super spy goes next. He’s certainly been a fan choice for some time, not only as the next outing, but previous to Mendes.
Nolan’s a fine British filmmaker and has yet to put a foot wrong on his career ladder. Making a fine debut with Following, impressing with head-twisiting thrillers Memento and Insomnia before dropping jaws with his Batman reboot and their subsequent spectacular sequels. Not forgetting his other starry mind-bender sci-fi thriller, Inception, sandwiched in-between.
- Craig Hunter
Sofia Coppola's intuitive and atmospheric tale of teen burglars who target Hollywood celebrities is an unexpected pleasure
Sofia Coppola is a director who has perplexed and annoyed many with her indulgent portraits of poor little rich-and-famous girls. Personally, I couldn't sit still for her last film, Somewhere, which featured Elle Fanning as the adored and adorable teen daughter of a famous actor dad. Her movies have been in danger of becoming gritless oysters of non-satire, lenient insider studies, offering celluloid hugs to the cossetted comfortable.
But her new film, the opening gala to the Un Certain Regard section of Cannes, is an interesting surprise. There is something in her unjudging approach that is unexpectedly appropriate – and effective. It lets her get up close and personal to the story and characters, which conventional irony (from a director like Larry Clark or a writer like Bret Easton Ellis) wouldn't get near. »
- Peter Bradshaw
Emma Watson stars in the satirical drama as one of a real-life group of fame-obsessed Hollywood teenagers who robbed the homes of celebrities including Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan between 2008 and 2009.
Digital Spy rounds up the critical verdict so far below:
Screen Daily (Mark Adams)
"An impressively mannered and vividly evocative delve into the glossily vacuous side of fame-obsessed Los Angeles, Sofia Coppola's Un Certain Regard opener The Bling Ring is a cool and smart look at the antics of young teens who stole from the rich and famous, but frustratingly lacks the drama and narrative drive to grip audiences, despite the impressive efforts of the young cast."
The Hollywood Reporter (Todd McCarthy)
"Sofia Coppola's too-cool-for-school portrait of fame-seeking miscreants is beautifully shot but light on social commentary. »
The film is of course one of the most highly-anticipated movies of the year, with the potential to launch the DC Cinematic Universe that has long been in development at Warner Bros. And if you want to see that happen, then you know what to do when Man of Steel hits next month.
Following on from last week’s great little promo, Norton have debuted the three featurettes in full, looking at Superman’s powers of flight, speed, and strength. And they all look awesome. And coming in nicely alongside that is a new promo image, giving us a full look at the image used on tickets for Wal-Mart’s special preview screening next month.
In the pantheon of superheroes, Superman is the most »
- Kenji Lloyd
Last night brought with it an awesome new ‘Soldier of Steel’ TV spot for Zack Snyder’s immensely anticipated blockbuster, Man of Steel, which will see Snyder relaunching the Superman franchise, which could in turn become the starting point for the DC Cinematic Universe.
Needless to say, the film has an immeasurably enormous level of potential going for it, and all that we’ve seen so far promises to live up to the expectations, and more.
In the pantheon of superheroes, Superman is the most recognized and revered character of all time. Clark Kent/Kal-El (Henry Cavill) is a young twenty-something journalist who feels alienated by powers beyond anyone’s imagination. Transported to Earth years ago from Krypton, »
- Kenji Lloyd
Hans Zimmer's Score
The track list for the Man of Steel score was released online when it went on pre-order, and just this week the previous 30 second clips of each track were expanded to 60 seconds [listen here]. Having had one quick listen, and restraining myself from any bold statements based on a 60 second section of a greater whole, the score is shaping up nicely. Inevitable comparisons to John Williams will be made, however, they are frankly irrelevant and a waste of time. What matters is that Hans Zimmer's score fits this film perfectly, and as it sounds equal parts heroic and inspiring, I'm sure we're in for something special. Zimmer takes his work extremely seriously, and continues to innovate instead of relying on past successes to »
- Flickering Myth
The blockbuster is understandably one of the year’s most anticipated films, with the expectation that Snyder will be launching the DC Cinematic Universe this summer, if all goes well at the box office for Man of Steel next month.
Warner Bros. are partnering up with a number of companies and organisations in tandem with the film, and one of those new partners is the Us National Guard. In this new TV spot, we get to see glimpses of some epic new footage from the movie spliced alongside a National Guard commercial, which is set to screen in front of Man of Steel screenings in the Us next month.
In the pantheon of superheroes, Superman is the most recognized and revered character of all time. »
- Kenji Lloyd
The Superman reboot movie will be hitting theatres in just over a month, and all we’ve seen from the film so far has us immensely excited.
One of the many things that we’re looking forward to is the film’s score, composed by none other than Hans Zimmer himself, one of the greatest (and most prolific) composers in the industry. And so naturally, when we get to preview a full track from Zimmer’s Man of Steel score, entitled ‘An Ideal of Hope’, revealed through a Qr code on the new poster, we can’t help but share it.
And surfacing nicely alongside it is another awesome new banner, which follows the great new banner and poster we’ve seen in the past few days. »
- Kenji Lloyd
Third Contact, Simon Horrocks’ directorial debut, was shot on a miniscule budget showing yet again that films don’t need major studio funding in order to be excellent. The reviews for the film so far have been great, with one even referring to it as a “masterful piece of art.”
The film tells the story of Dr. David Wright, a depressed psychotherapist, who embarks on an obsessive investigation after a second patient takes their own life in mysterious circumstances. Wright sets out to find out who or what is behind those deaths before any more lives are lost.
Horrocks is getting ready to kickoff a crowdfunding campaign in order to give his film the release it deserves. In honour of that upcoming campaign, I had the opportunity to talk to him about the film. We discussed his inspiration, why he’s searching for public funding, and much more.
Check out the full interview below. »
- Alexander Lowe
Throughout April, we're counting down to the release of Marvel's Iron Man 3 with our picks for the Greatest Comic Book Movies of All Time; and here it is, our #1 pick...
The Dark Knight, 2008.
Directed by Christopher Nolan.
So, we've reached first place in our countdown of the Greatest Comic Book Movies, and of course our pick for the number one spot is none other than Christopher Nolan's masterful Batman sequel The Dark Knight - which is hardly surprising really, considering our writing team selected it as the greatest film of all-time back in August of last year. While that accolade may be debatable, it would take a brave man (or a huge Marvel fan) to argue against The Dark Knight being the absolute pinnacle of the superhero genre, »
- Flickering Myth
The careers of Christopher Nolan and Wally Pfister have been forever linked, with the pair first meeting in Park City as filmmakers (Pfister had lensed a movie playing Sundance, Nolan was at Slamdance with "Following") and they've been inseparable ever since. Pfister has lensed every Nolan flick to date, but now that he's embarking on his own directorial career with "Transcendence," someone else will have to get behind the camera for the Batman moviemaker and it appears he's found his man. Dutch site Film Abides is reporting that in an interview, cinematographer Hoyte Van Hoytema has revealed he'll be working on Nolan's "Interstellar." Certainly, he's got the chops. His CV boasts movies from David O. Russell ("The Fighter"), Tomas Alfredson ("Let The Right One In," "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy") and Spike Jonze (his upcoming "Her") so he certainly knows how to adapt to a variety of styles on a variety of budgets. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Director Christopher Nolan is encountering a couple of firsts with his next film Interstellar. Not only does it mark the filmmaker’s first venture into space-set sci-fi, but this will also be Nolan’s first film without cinematographer Wally Pfister since his debut feature Following. His close collaborator is busy with his own directorial debut, Transcendence, and will no longer be working a director of photography. As such, many were curious as to whom Nolan would enlist to shoot Interstellar given his meticulousness when it comes to pristine visuals. Well, now word comes that the filmmaker has tapped Hoyte Van Hoytema to act as the cinematographer on Interstellar. Hit the jump for more. News of Van Hoytema’s involvement comes courtesy of the Dutch website Film Abides (via Nolan Fans). The cinematographer’s previous credits include Let the Right One In, The Fighter, and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, and he »
- Adam Chitwood
Following his appearances in Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy and Inception, the actor will collaborate with Nolan's long-time director of photography Wally Pfister on his directorial debut, Latino Review reports.
Watch Cillian Murphy speaking to Digital Spy below: »
Following the addition of The Dark Knight trilogy star Morgan Freeman, cinematographer Wally Pfister has landed another Batman alum to join his sci-fi film Transcendence. Latino Review has learned that Cillian Murphy has landed one of three lead male roles in the film alongside Johnny Depp, Kate Mara, Rebecca Hall and Paul Bettany. At this time it's not clear just what kind of character Murphy will be playing, but his involvement with the project isn't surprising after starring in all three of Christopher Nolan's Batman films, not to mention Inception, all films that had Pfister as the director of photography. Read on! Though the official plot synopsis has been kept under wraps, details emerged a few months ago have said the film will follow three scientists - Max (Bettany), and the husband and wife team of Will and Evelyn (Depp and Hall) - as they develop a programming code for the first self-aware computer. »
- Ethan Anderton
Directed by Christopher Nolan
Written by Christopher Nolan
There’s something to be said about neglecting to watch the classics, excuses to be made. A sense of urgency compels you to sit down and watch, if nothing else, so that you will be able to discuss a seminal work with confidence. This sense of urgency is all the more potent when it comes to modern classics. They are fresh on the mind of serial filmgoers and have a tangible influence on new releases attempting to replicate their success. Memento was released thirteen years ago. It launched Christopher Nolan’s career and made it possible for him to become the puzzle film writer/director. And yet I had never seen it. That is, until now.
- Katherine Springer
Over the last few years, Christopher Nolan has rapidly established himself as one of Hollywood’s finest directors, despite his comparatively young age (42) in relation to many of his counterparts.
His career began in 1998 when his first feature, Following, generated a significant amount of buzz on the festival circuit, prompting the funding of his next film, Memento, which more than quadrupled its budget. A 2002 remake of the Norwegian film Insomnia (arguably Al Pacino’s last good film) then led to him being handed the reins to the Batman franchise, which was in tatters after the critical mauling that Joel Schumacher’s Batman & Robin had received.
The rest is, as they say, history. Batman Begins, released in 2005, rebooted the character in a dark and gritty fashion, spawning two sequels which both grossed over a billion dollars worldwide. All three received significant critical acclaim, with The Dark Knight even winning an Oscar »
- Alex Antliff
Following his return to blockbuster territory back in 2011 with X-Men: First Class, we’ve been hearing in the past couple of years that Vaughn has been eyeing more of Millar’s work to bring to the big screen.
Deadline now report that Fox have acquired worldwide rights for The Secret Service, and Vaughn has lined it up for his next directorial project.
Courtesy of Amazon, here’s the synopsis for the source material:
- Kenji Lloyd
Following the bombing of Green Lantern, it’s not surprising to hear that Ryan Reynolds isn’t itching to get back into the spandex. Obviously, WB is trying to bring Justice League into fruition (and struggling), and it sounds like Ryan Reynolds isn’t overly enthused about returning as Hal Jordan. Unless someone awesome writes and directs it.
Here are his thoughts: “I saw how difficult it is to make that concept palatable…and how confused it all can be when you don’t really know exactly where you’re going with it or you don’t really know how to access that world properly. That world comic book fans have been accessing for decades and falling in love with. So at this point I have very little interest in joining that kind of world.“
However.. “[A] great script and a good director can always turn that around…I believe that »
- Andy Greene
Following our interview with Dale Lloyd of Viva VHS, Paul Risker looks back at his VHS memories....
I class myself as one of the VHS generation, a generation who finds a place to belong here at flickeringmyth.com. Whilst the world is turning Blu, there remains a part of my film obsessed heart - beating at 24 frames per second – that still holds a great affection for VHS.
I can recall the excitement of walking into the video shop as a young boy, and seeing from floor to ceiling the rows of video boxes. Too I remember eying the VHS boxes of films such as Hellraiser and Fright Night and contemplating the terror contained on that video tape, know with hindsight realising that I was anticipating the pleasure I would derive from horror in the not too distant future.
There are those of us who remember a time when we uttered »
- Flickering Myth
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