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Well, the past seven days may just have been the busiest week of the year in terms of superhero news, with several huge stories dropping throughout the week, and the biggest surprise of all? Marvel Studios and its multitude of projects has been virtually anonymous as Sony, Warner Bros. and 20th Century Fox grabbed all (well, most) of the headlines. We've got a lot to get through this week, but we'll start things off with our Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man...
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- Gary Collinson
When Zack Snyder cast Henry Cavill as the lead in Man of Steel, it wasn't the British actor's first brush with Superman. Back in 2004, Cavill was cast as the iconic superhero in Superman: Flyby, a planned reboot from director McG (Charlie's Angels) and screenwriter J.J. Abrams (Star Trek Into Darkness), which ultimately fell apart when Bryan Singer came on board and cast Brandon Routh in 2006's Superman Returns. And, thanks to ThinkMcFlyThink, we have a glimpse of Cavill in the red-and-blue from his 2004 screen test for Flyby....
Superman: Flyby was intended as an origin tale that would have radically altered the traditional Superman story, with Kal-El being sent to Earth as an infant during a Civil War on Krypton and eventually coming to battle his evil cousin Ty-Zor and his three Kryptonian cronies, but only after being killed in action and subsequently resurrected. Other actors said to have been considered »
- Gary Collinson
In 2004, before Henry Cavill was Zack Snyder's Superman in Man of Steel, Cavill was cast by McG ("Charlie's Angels") to play Superman/Clark Kent in his unproduced Superman film, Superman: Flyby. A film that was written by J.J. Abrams ("Star Trek Into Darkness"), and would've also starred Robert Downey Jr. as Lex Luthor. That's why you see him in the banner above. Keep in mind, this took place two years before Bryan Singer's super-dull, Superman Returns. So what killed McG's Superman: Flyby? Well, the director revealed that it was his fear of flying that grounded the production. Warner Bros. wanted the film to shoot in Australia for cost-savings, while McG wanted it to be shot entirely in North America so that he never had to get on a plane. Even though Cavill would have to wait nearly a decade to suit up as the Man of Steel, »
Everybody is kung-fu fighting for sure, but it takes more than that to make a great martial arts movie. The Guardian and Observer critics pick the 10 finest ever made
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The film that kick-started Hong Kong cinema's kung-fu renaissance and launched Jet Li towards a future of substandard western action movies. Its subject was already well known to local audiences: Wong Fei-hung was a real person: a turn-of-the-century martial arts master and healer who's become something of a folk hero. Like Sherlock Holmes or Robin Hood, he'd been portrayed many times before. Jackie Chan played him in Drunken Master, and a long-running Wong Fei-hung film series during the 1950s and 60s gave roles to the fathers of Bruce Lee and Yuen Wo-ping, »
McG (Chuck, Charlie's Angels) is behind the show, which stars Jackson Rathbone (Twilight) as Nick Green, a high school slacker who's actually a highly trained government assassin. Aimee Teegarden (Friday Night Lights) and Devon Bostick (Diary of a Wimpy Kid) also star.
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- Michael Schneider
Odd List Simon Brew 15 Nov 2013 - 07:08
Lots of films are dedicated to, or in memory of someone. But it's not always clear why. We've been finding out...
Back when Breaking Bad returned for its final batch of episodes in August 2013, it had a dedication at the end of it. The card read 'Dedicated to our friend Kevin Cordasco'. As it turned out, Kevin Cordasco was a 16-year old who had been battling cancer for seven years, who had met both Bryan Cranston and Vince Gilligan. Cordasco died before he could ever get to see the episode dedicated to him.
I found this such a moving story, that it got me wondering about the dedications that appear on films, and what the story behind them was. After all, the dedications are there for a reason. What I uncovered was some funny stories, mainly extremely sad ones, and some extremely moving dedications. »
Those accustomed to alluring images of Cameron Diaz may wish to avert their gazes from this story in favour of happier memories: The Mask, say, or that Charlie's Angels Swiss milkmaid outfit. Those of a less shallow persuasion, however, might enjoy this first look at Diaz in costume as Annie's Agatha Hannigan. Perhaps you even prefer her in this stern, drawn, Aunt Spiker guise. We don't know your life.I want you to meet someone. Her name is Ms.Hannigan. She ain't nice and she ain't pretty. #Annie pic.twitter.com/yRATzM6Oai— Cameron (@CameronDiaz) November 12, 2013Note the "H Bomb" necklace. We don't remember that on Carol Burnett.Hannigan is, of course, the matron of the orphanage that plays home to little Annie. She likes a drink but hates children. We're thinking Diaz' turn in Bad Teacher should stand her in some sort of stead here, although that didn't »
The past couple of weeks have brought forth a lot of news about TV networks developing remakes and reboots of previous series -- everything from a "How I Met Your Mother" spinoff to updated versions of "Murder, She Wrote" and "Charmed."
To date this development season, 32 projects are remakes (either of foreign shows or past U.S. series) or spinoffs. Another 25 are based on books or comics. Those 57 adaptations make up a little over 20 percent of the 250-plus properties in development at the five broadcast networks for 2014-15 season. By comparison, 53 such projects were developed throughout the last development cycle; the current number is likely to grow a little as pilot season continues.
A lot of those projects -- most of which are still at the script stage -- will never even film a pilot episode, let alone become part of a network's lineup next season. Between them, the nets will make about 100 pilots, »
Gary Collinson with five suggestions as to how Marvel can save Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D...
First let me begin by stating that I'm fully aware there are people out there who enjoy Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., but after five episodes, I've come to the conclusion that I'm not one of them. And after talking to people, and reading through Facebook and Twitter comments - both of Marvel fans and casual viewers - I'm certainly not in the minority. While there's been a slight improvement since those first two godawful episodes, at this point I think it's fair to say that the show is suffering badly from poor writing, a visual style and narrative tone straight out of the late 90s, and a near-total lack of interesting characters. And yes, I'm including Agent Coulson in that. The fact that the show has taken one of the best »
- Gary Collinson
We know Hollywood can be a tough gig, and the risk of being original can seem less appealing than the idea of 'let's milk an idea that's already popular until it's run dry.' However as a passionate "Charmed" fan, I feel you're making a mistake with the idea of "Charmed" reboot (revealed last week), and here's why...
We don't need a reboot
In the words of Rose McGowan, "lame, lame, lame lamertons!" While the idea of more "Charmed," any more "Charmed" does make me excited, I think we all know that it is simply too soon for a remake. The show only ended in 2006, and the later seasons haven't aged and still appear very modern. The actresses, while older, still don't look that much older than when they were on the show. A reboot would make sense in another 15-20 years, or an original movie could even »
Project entitled The ExpendaBelles sees negotiations launched with three actors with action credentials
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Expendables producer Avi Lerner has revealed he is planning to sign Milla Jovovich, Cameron Diaz and Meryl Streep to his female-oriented answer to the Sylvester Stallone veteran-action-star picture, currently known as The ExpendaBelles.
According to Deadline, Lerner told Bulgarian newspaper the Standart that he was in negotiations with all three, who have all proved their action chops in the past. Diaz starred in the Charlie's Angels films, as well as Knight & Day opposite Tom Cruise; Streep took on whitewater rafting in The River Wild; and Jovovich is a stalwart of the Resident Evil series.
- Andrew Pulver
We've known for quite some time that producer Avi Lerner and his Millennium/New Image studio have been planning to launch an all-female spin-off of their successful franchise The Expendables. Avi has now revealed three of the main cast members, which include Meryl Streep, Cameron Diaz and Milla Jovovich.
Titled Expendabelles, the film will begin shooting in the very near future. No production start date was mentioned, but it's believed to be kicking off in early 2014, with shooting to take place in Bulgaria's Boyana cinema center.
Here is what Lerner had to say about the project, claiming that it will be twice as action-packed as any of The Expendables sequels.
"The action movie will be spectacular - and in nothing inferior to the three male movies of the The Expendables. There will be battles, special and visual effects and stunts - the spectacle will be equivalent to what Sylvester Stallone, »
As seems to be the typical outlet for news regarding The Expendables franchise, the Bulgarian media has the scoop on three potential stars being sought for the all female version of the Sylvester Stallone series. Millennium Films head Avi Lerner has reportedly listed Cameron Diaz, Milla Jovovich, and Meryl Streep as those being looked at for parts in the action film. Milla and Cameron I can understand as they have both worked in action films including the Resident Evil and Charlie's Angels »
- Alex Maidy
Television has been following an unfortunate trend from feature films lately: the reboot. Instead of continuing the much-lauded "Golden Age of Television" with new ideas and properties, TV executives seem to be -- in increasing numbers -- looking to existing shows for their "inspiration."
This is not necessarily the best idea. A quick peek into the world of TV reboots of recent years shows that bringing back the old isn't always the best way to get new viewers. Just ask "Ironside."
With the networks going on a full-throttle reboot binge this development season -- everything from a "Broadchurch" adaptation to a reboot of "Murder, She Wrote" is in the works -- it's worth asking whether reboots are dooming both themselves and all of television.
To reboot or not to reboot?
What makes for a good reboot? It's not so much the name recognition as much as it is an original »
The fact that Bill Murray is cast in any movie is kind of amazing. The cantankerous star is infamously elusive, often failing to return phone calls and official requests because he simply doesn't feel like it. (Most famously he just stopped responding to requests to appear in the "Charlie's Angels" sequel so producers just recast the part.) Thankfully, he decided to call back to longtime collaborator Scott Rudin, who is producing the untitled new film from "Almost Famous" filmmaker Cameron Crowe that costars Bradley Cooper and Emma Stone. Woo!
The movie, at one point entitled "Deep Tiki," follows a defense contractor (Cooper) who is in Hawaii to oversee the launch of a deadly new military satellite. It's here that he falls in love with an Air Force test pilot (Stone) and together they team up with the island's mystical forces to take down the launch of the satellite. Yes, this sounds really weird. »
- Drew Taylor
Deadline reports that the Peacock is planning a next-generation sequel series to its 1982-87 romantic comedy/drama procedural, notable for launching the career of Pierce Brosnan. Keeping the same title, the new series will follow Olivia Holt, the daughter of Remington Steele (Brosnan) and Laura Holt (Stephanie Zimbalist), as she reopens the once-world-famous Remington Steele Detective Agency -- only to fall into the same "hilarious, action-packed, romantic entanglements" of her parents.
While the original series was an hour long, the proposed update, to be written by Jay Sherick and David Ronn ("Spin City"), will take on the half-hour comedy format. Ruben Fleischer ("Gangster Squad") is set to direct the project, which has a script commitment plus penalty.
Do you think an update of "Remington Steele" is a good idea? »
Marvel have teased the upcoming second episode of Marvel's Agents of Shield, 0-8-4, with a short video telling fans to watch until the end of the credits, and a version of the Shield logo modified so that the bird (hawk? eagle? albatross? porcupine?) is wearing an eyepatch.
Which seems to be an obvious tease that Samuel L. Jackson's Nick Fury will show up. (Unless it's Hawkeye?) It's been speculated that he might make an appearance sooner or later, but that was fast. Though after this, if it turns out not to be him, the fans will be Fury-ous.
Not only was he the first character to tie together the live-action Marvel universe (well, apart from Agent Coulson, who at that point, no-one knew how significant he'd become, even actor Clark Gregg himself), but also Nick Fury is the Director of Shield. While the other people behind the scenes, »
Earlier today, we showed you the latest TV spot for tomorrow night's Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. episode "0-8-4", which stresses that viewers should watch all the way up until the very end. However, we didn't notice that the eagle on the S.H.I.E.L.D. logo was wearing an eye patch, which may hint that Marvel's The Avengers star Samuel L. Jackson is making an appearance as Nick Fury. Take a look at the TV spot in question.
In addition, the show's official Facebook page left the following message along with the TV spot.
"Be sure to stay until the end of the credits on Tuesday. In true Marvel fashion, you never know what might happen. #SHIELD084"
"We would love to have Sam in the house. If we could work it out, »
I'm not new to this sort of garbage. I've seen more than my share of base, low-minded, leering, and frequently repulsive "rape/revenge" thrillers -- from The Last House on the Left (either one) to I Spit On Your Grave (either one) and a dozen others you've probably never even heard of.
I've also seen plenty of dark, disturbing, and devious thrillers, ones that are created by adults, for adults, that deal with the horrific issue of rape, sexual abuse, and the darkest sides of human nature. Films like Straw Dogs, Deliverance, The Hills Have Eyes. Irreversible, Martyrs, Kidnapped, and A Serbian Film. I can tell when rape is being used as a metaphor, as an inciting act, or as an excuse to wallow in misery, suffering, and degradation. Trust me when I say that the virtually worthless I Spit On Your Grave 2 represents the lowest of the low. »
- Scott Weinberg
Odd List Simon Brew 27 Sep 2013 - 07:49
It's not always smiles behind the camera, as this list of feuding co-stars proves. I Love Trouble, indeed...
It's a fallacy that everyone gets on together on a movie set. Just as in an everyday office, some people get on better with others. That's as you might expect. But when it comes to film, occasionally a disagreement between two stars becomes oh-so-apparent to pretty much anyone in the stalls at their local Odeon.
This isn't designed by any measure to be a definitive list (yep, Swayze and Jennifer Grey weren't best chums making Dirty Dancing), but here are some of the more interesting examples of where co-stars simply didn't get on...
To date, we struggle to think of a more bizarre screen combination for a romantic blockbuster than that of I Love Trouble. The movie, a »
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