14 items from 2014
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‘Young Harvey Dent!” I said to myself, excitedly. It’s about time: Two-Face is the most iconic of all Batman villains and his duality is as much a metaphor for the struggle between man and vigilante as it is a tragedy with which we can sympathise. Joker might be more emblemic, more primordial, more mythological – the yang to Batman’s yin – but Harvey Dent and Two-Face are the flip-side of the two-headed coin to Bruce Wayne and Batman. I have been wanting to see his younger self in action since the pilot and now is definitely the right time to introduce him.
Oddly enough, the episode appears to have a bit of a multiple personality disorder of its own: it doesn’t seem able to focus on any one aspect of the show for too long and it keeps »
For this week’s brand new spotlight piece (after taking a week off), I wanted to cite an A-lister who is known as one of the most deeply committed actors of his generation. Yes, it’s Christian Bale, an Academy Award winner who just overflows with talent. Once considered an incredibly snubbed actor who never quite captured Oscar’s attention, he’s since moved on to a much more respected part of his career, while also stepping effortlessly between blockbusters and independent fare. At this point, he’s almost a favorite of the voters and a multiple time nominee. As such, he’s someone I’d wanted to shine the spotlight on for some time, I’ve just been waiting for the right moment… Bale got started briefly as a teenager in television movies, but for most, the first real exposure to him came in Steven Spielberg’s Empire of the Sun, »
- Joey Magidson
Katniss Everdeen isn't the only badass female hero trying to take down a dystopian government. Ultraviolet (2006) Director: Kurt Wimmer Stars: Milla Jovovich, William Fichtner, Nick Chinlund In the distant future, a blood disease turns part of the population in to vampire-like mutants called Hemophages. One former human named Violet must protect the cure and bring down the authoritarian government trying to kill her species. Equilibrium was the movie I made all my »
- Jason Adams
The good news is that now that all the singing and the farting around is done in Hobbiton and the story has kicked in good and proper, the majority of this second in Peter Jackson’s portrayal of a slim Tolkien story overblown to epic proportions is mostly action with a minimum of plot. It’s still got various story beats it has to hit of course and is very much a middle chapter, but this has a momentum which was really missing from An Unexpected Journey.
In this second Hobbit film you can start to see the stuff that was added in to pad out the two films into a trilogy with characters who do not appear in the books introduced and a weird elf/dwarf romance along with a more angsty and badass Legolas, strangely enough it doesn’t feel out-of-place. Once »
- Chris Holt
"Tom Rolf, who won an Oscar for his work editing the 1983 space epic, The Right Stuff, has died aged 83," reports the BBC. Carolyn Giardina for the Hollywood Reporter: "The respected editor of more than 40 films—including Martin Scorsese's Taxi Driver (1976), Michael Mann's Heat (1995) and Kurt Wimmer's Equilibrium (2002)—received the American Cinema Editors' Career Achievement Award in 2003. He won an Ace Eddie trophy for John Badham's WarGames (1983) and received additional Ace nominations for Philip Kaufman's The Right Stuff (1983) and Robert Redford's The Horse Whisperer (1998), as well as a BAFTA nom for Taxi Driver." » - David Hudson »
Tom Rolf, the Academy Award-winning editor of The Right Stuff and dozens of other films, died June 14. He was 83. The respected editor of more than 40 films — including Martin Scorsese's Taxi Driver (1976), Michael Mann's Heat (1995) and Kurt Wimmer's Equilibrium (2002) — received the American Cinema Editors' Career Achievement Award in 2003. He won an Ace Eddie trophy for John Badham's WarGames (1983) and received additional Ace nominations for Philip Kaufman's The Right Stuff (1983) and Robert Redford's The Horse Whisperer (1998), as well as a BAFTA nom for Taxi Driver. Photos Hollywood's Notable Deaths of 2014 Rolf's impressive credits also include The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing (1973),
- Carolyn Giardina
Hot off The Rover, a dystopian thriller for which the actor is earning raves, Guy Pearce has joined the cast of another futuristic indie – this one titled Equals. Kristen Stewart and Nicholas Hoult were previously announced to be leading the cast for Like Crazy director Drake Doremus, so it’s expected that Pearce will take on a supporting role.
Equals, which is billed as a stylish sci-fi romance, is “set in a world where there is no greed, no poverty, no violence, and no emotion. But a new disease is threatening everyone: Sos, or Switched-On-Syndrome, activating depression, sensitivity, fear, love — and once a person is overtaken, they are sent away and never seen again.” The IMDb summary for the film expands on that, though take it with a grain of salt until an official full synopsis is released:
A futuristic love story set in a society where emotions have been eradicated. »
- Isaac Feldberg
Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow: Liman’s Simple Sci-Fi is Lean Entertainment
Considerable praise is in order for director Doug Liman and a trio of screenwriters headlined by Christopher McQuarrie, one of Tom Cruise’s favored collaborators. At several instances, Edge of Tomorrow threatens to become a repetitive bore, yet at each plausible juncture, its formula veers inextricably into new facets of intrigue, at least enough to keep wandering attention spans at bay. The inevitability of its standardized finale aside, there is a definitive freshness to not only this familiar material, but its staunchly invariable star, Tom Cruise.
The media representative of the United Defense Force, Major William Cage (Tom Cruise) is charged with selling mankind’s current war against an alien race known as Mimics. But hardnosed General Brigham (Brenden Gleeson), wants to place Cage right on the frontlines of battle by positioning him with the media on a »
- Nicholas Bell
Andrew counts down some of the best roles of Sean Bean's career, from the ones you'll know to the ones you probably won't...
Love him, fear him, smell him: the man breathes fire. And acting.
But what is Sean Bean? Well, adhering to a skeptical epistemology, we simply don't know, but for the purposes of this article he's the bloke who played Errol Partridge in Equilibrium, still to this day his defining role in Equilibrium.
While everyone at Den of Geek loves Equilibrium slightly more than they love each other, Sean Bean is only in it but for a moment. Unfortunately he mistakenly believes that holding up a book in front of his face will stop a bullet, when all he had to do to stop Christian Bale from shooting him was impersonate a puppy. Really, it's hard to argue that the film wouldn't be considerably »
Well, that Point Break remake that we’d all like to pretend isn’t happening…is still on the way, after all. Variety is reporting that the film, a redo of Kathryn Bigelow’s classic 1991 action film, has found its Johnny Utah to pit against Gerard Butler’s Bodhi. The original actors to play the roles were Keanu Reeves and Patrick Swayze, respectively. This time around, the man standing on Utah’s surfboard will be Luke Bracey.
Bracey is a a little-known Australian actor who appeared in a soap opera down under called Home and Away. Stateside, his credits include Monte Carlo and G.I. Joe: Retaliation. He was on the recent shortlist to play Christian Grey in 50 Shades of Grey, a role that would eventually go to Jamie Dornan. In Point Break, he’ll play Utah, an undercover agent that attempts to infiltrate a criminal gang lead by the enigmatic Bodhi. »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
Fox is quickly moving forward with casting its eagerly anticipated series Gotham. This weekend, The O.C. and Southland star Ben McKenzie landed the role of James Gordon, prompting numerous jokes of a young Commissioner pushing off baddies by yelling, “Welcome to the G.C., bitch!” Now, four more (and relatively unknown) actors are joining the series’ principal cast. Most notably, Sean Pertwee (pictured above) is on board as Alfred, the trusted Wayne family butler, and Robin Lord Taylor will fill the shoes of Oswald Cobblepot, better known as The Penguin.
Sean Pertwee has quite a history, touring with the Royal Shakespeare Company back in the 1980s before turning in work as a gruff character actor in sci-fi flicks like Event Horizon, Soldier and Equilibrium. Recently, Pertwee lent his voice to video games Killzone, Fable II and their respective sequels. According to Variety, Pertwee’s Alfred Pennyworth will be “fiercely protective »
- Jordan Adler
The project has been in the works for a few years now, and is now eyeing a summer shoot with Butler close to closing talks, THR reports.
Butler will play Bodhi, an expert extreme-sports athlete who seeks nirvana through the conquest of a series of athletic feats such as surfing 100-foot waves. He saves Johnny Utah, the undercover FBI agent, and brings him into the fold of international criminals.
- Kenji Lloyd
The actor is to head up a remake of Kathryn Bigelow's action-packed tale of sun, surf, spirituality and terrorism
Scottish actor Gerard Butler is reportedly in talks to take the lead villain role in a remake of Point Break, the 1991 action hit starring Keanu Reeves and Patrick Swayze and directed by Kathryn Bigelow.
The film sees Johnny Utah, played by Reeves, infiltrate a gang of bank robbers know as the Dead Presidents on account of the rubber masks they wear during hold-ups – and who also happen to be extreme sports nuts. They're led by Swayze's Bodhi, the role Butler is in talks to play. The original endures as an action classic, for its bold surf and skydive sequences, as well as the bromantic frisson between the leads. No casting details for the Utah role have been revealed.
The remake will be written by Kurt Wimmer, »
- Ben Beaumont-Thomas
That “Point Break” remake has found its man. Well, one of them, anyway. “Olympus has Fallen” star Gerard Butler is said to be in final negotiations to play Bodhi, the role assayed by the late and great Patrick Swayze in the Kathryn Bigelow original. The script for the remake is from “Equilibrium’s” Kurt Wimmer, and will be set in the international world of extreme sports instead of California surfers. Like the 1991 movie, the plot of the remake will follow awesomely named FBI agent Johnny Utah as he infiltrates a group of bank robbers led by Bodhi. The producers still need someone to play Johnny Utah, along with his FBI handler, originally played by Gary Busey (back before he became known for being crazy). It’s too bad Paul Walker passed away, because imagine if they had cast him in the Keanu Reeves role. Walker has already played the character »
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