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#20: Cosmopolis (50 points)
Directed by David Cronenberg
Written by David Cronenberg
Canada / France, 2012
Every time Cronenberg answers the prayers of his fans with a new movie, it seems that the first reflex is to attempt to categorize it. Is this new film more like the old Cronenberg, in which very strange, very graphic bodily harm was done to its characters, or is this more in tune with his recent outputs, which, while still quite good, played things a little more on the safe side, at least visually? In a nutshell, and with the help of a little bit of retrofitting, Cosmopolis is cut from the same cloth as the director’s efforts of the early and mid 1990s. The sexuality (but not always sensuality) quota is through the stratosphere and the characters are indeed very peculiar, although there are no hands morphing into organic pistols or telepathic attacks to be found. »
Spider-Man. Hulk. Iron Man. Thor. X-Men. Fantastic Four. The Avengers! The man who created or co-created all these legendary Marvel Comics superheroes – and pretty much helped to shape the comic books we love today -- turns 90 years young today. Happy Birthday, Stan Lee!
Pics: Film's Sexiest Superheroes!
Born Stanley Lieber on December 28, 1922 and raised in the Bronx, NY, Lee started out as a comics proofreader before he and creative partner Jack Kirby started to conjure up epic superheroes for Timely Comics in New York, which would evolve into Marvel Comics by the 1960s.
Tasked with creating a team of superheroes in the late '50s to compete with the likes of DC Comics' Justice League of America (comprised of Batman, Superman, The Flash, Wonder Woman and more), Lee first envisioned The Fantastic Four – a group of everyday people who were vaulted into the superhero arena with a little help from a massive dose of Gamma Rays, but »
The world of comics would be pretty boring if it weren’t for Stan Lee helping create characters like Iron Man, Hulk, Spider-Man, Fantastic Four, X-Men, Thor, and Daredevil, and the spry guy has managed to appear alongside many of those creations on the big screen.
If you’re not a comic book fan, you might’ve wondered about a certain older gentleman that always seemed to pop up in various movies, including, Spider-Man, Thor, The Fantastic Four, The Avengers, and many more. Whether it’s a speaking part or just a glimpse of his face as the action unfolds around him, the man who helped make comic books a success has managed to make his presence known in a memorable way within the on-screen version of the Marvel Universe.
Before you head over to Twitter and wish Stan the Man a happy birthday at @TheRealStanLee, check out the trailer »
- Marty Shaw
Stan Lee, arguably the greatest single contributor to comic book movies, is celebrating his 90th birthday today. Although most of Lee's executive producer credits on feature films have come within the last decade or so, he's been in the TV and movie business since the late 80s. Oh and he dabbled in comics for a little while too. Lee boasts co-creator status on the likes of Iron Man, Hulk, Spider-Man, Fantastic Four, X-Men, Thor, Daredevil and many others. As a figurehead, Lee led the transformation from Marvel Comics into the multimedia conglomerate it is today. So send him a birthday wish over @TheRealStanLee and hit the jump to check out all of his cameos in Marvel movies over the years. If you think that Lee is done with churning out more Marvel-related properties, you have only to look at his upcoming slate of films to know that that's not the case. »
- Dave Trumbore
Just who will direct Warner Bros.' "Justice League" movie? Though it doesn't come out until 2015, we've been dying to know the answer to that question since the film was first announced. One WB go-to who almost immediately shot down directing rumors was Ben Affleck, who quickly said that it's "not something I'm working on."
The rumor mill continued to spin out of control and list other helmers like the Wachowskis as "Justice League" director candidates, but Affleck has come forth yet again to explain why he didn't take the project. In his version of the story, he was briefly approached about making the movie, but Warner Bros. didn't have anything to show him.
"I just want to make it clear because it’s not like I had something to even pass on," he told HitFix. "Because someone will eventually do 'Justice League' and they'll go, like, 'Ben Affleck passed on it, »
- Terri Schwartz
According to Variety magazine, Affleck will not appear in the film because "while the actor very much wanted to do the film, the timing just couldn't be worked out," the Huffington Post reported.
The 'Daredevil' star was originally on board to play Stewart's love interest, filming "passionate" kissing scenes, and appearing post-coital in bed with the 22-year-old-actress.
According to Deadline, Stewart was cast as "an inexperienced con artist" who. »
- Shiva Prakash
"Good Will Hunting" is the film that made Matt Damon and Ben Affleck the superstars they are now -- and today, they're doing better than ever!The movie, which came out 15 years ago this week, scored the duo an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay and a Best Actor nom for Damon.And they've been busy ever since.Affleck overcame Razzie noms with roles in "Pearl Harbor," "Jersey Girl" and "Daredevil" to find critical acclaim with his more recent work in films like "Gone Baby Gone," "The Town" and "Argo -- all of which he also directed.Damon has had a great career as well, going on to score a Golden Globe nom for "The Talented Mr. Ripley" and an Oscar nomination for "Invictus." He's had success in the "Bourne Identity" and "Ocean's 11" films as well as movies like "The Departed" and "True Grit."And next week, he re-teams »
- tooFab Staff
Ladies and gentlemen, it’s time for a blast from the past! After years and years of intending to, I finally bought and watched the Director’s Cut of Daredevil (thank you, Black Friday sales! $4 is a reasonable price, eh?). I remember watching the original in the theater when it came out in 2003, and enjoying parts of it despite the overall unbalanced and less-than-cohesive feeling of the whole product. I also remember the cascade of negative reviews, and I can’t say I disagreed with a majority of what they said. I know after the Director’s Cut was released, however, it got more positive reviews, and it turns out those were also deserved.
With the re-watch of the movie in its more fully intended form, I’ve come to the conclusion that the most egregious error made was the inclusion of Elektra, or at least Elektra as we get her in this movie. »
- Emily S. Whitten
The post-Thanksgiving frame has always been a slow one, and this year was no exception. Two new releases entered theaters — including the Brad Pitt vehicle Killing Them Softly — and both were met with unenthusiastic responses. Among holdovers, the Top 10 movies fell by an average of 51 percent. Basically, not too much happened at the box office this week. In fact, the top six movies finished in the exact same spots as last week.
Atop the chart was The Twilight Saga Breaking Dawn – Part 2, which dropped 60 percent to $17.4 million, lifting its total to $254.6 million after three weekends. The $120 million Summit sequel is »
- Grady Smith
With two new nationwide releases Killing Them Softly and The Collection failing to make any noise at the box office, the post-Thanksgiving weekend lived up its reputation as a dumping ground. As a result, for the third-straight weekend the top three movies were The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2, Skyfall and Lincoln. On the strength of those holdovers, the Top 12 earned an estimated $107.5 million, which is up a whopping 46 percent from the same frame last year.Breaking Dawn Part 2 three-peated with an estimated $17.4 million (off 60 percent). The fifth and final Twilight movie continues to hang on slightly better than its predecessors, and with a $254.6 million total it's now within $1 million of catching up to New Moon. This was Lionsgate/Summit's 11th weekend this year with a first place movie (four for Hunger Games, two for The Expendables 2, two for The Possession, three for Twilight). That leads all movie studios for 2012; overall, »
- Ray Subers
Earlier this year, it looked as if Joe Carnahan (The Grey) would be bringing a Frank Miller inspired take on 'The Man Without Fear' to the big screen in a reboot of Daredevil for 20th Century Fox. Unfortunately, those plans fell through when Marvel Studios got their hands back on the rights to the character, although Carnahan hasn't completely left the world of comic books behind after recently beginning work on an adaptation of Mark Millar and Steve McNiven's Nemesis. Taking to his official Twitter account (@carnojoe) last night, the filmmaker told Cbm's own @TheAlexLynch97 who he thinks would have been a good choice for the role of Matt Murdock. @thealexlynch97 I think Joel Edgerton would have been tremendous in that role.— Joe Carnahan (@carnojoe) November 28, 2012 Joel Edgerton is best known for his impressive turn in Warrior, although you may also recognise him from Star Wars and The Thing. Carnahan »
The idea of franchises being rebooted might be something we’re not so keen on, but given how successful it appears to have been in films like the recent The Amazing Spider-Man, it’s just something we’re going to have to get used to, because it’s clearly not going away any time soon. There’s the hope, though, that studios will at least be sensible enough to reboot properties that need it, such as series that never really got off the ground at all, or those which have just completely lost their way in recent years.
Here are 10 movie franchises that, given the direction Hollywood is moving in, we would like to see rebooted above all else.
- Shaun Munro
It's called "ZombieU: Z-14" (link) and it's by former "Daredevil" writer Anthony Johnston and Ubsisoft's Interactive Story Designer Gabrielle Schrager, with art by Kev Crossley. I'm pointing it out because I think it has a clever gimmick, even if the first installment might not land as successfully as intended.
For the next 14 days (well, 13, with today's installment), "Z-14" will tell the story of the first two weeks post-zombie outbreak, one day at a time. Employing some clever scrolling effects to create depth and movement as you navigate down the page, the black and white comic doesn't quite nail it the first day out thanks to a jumble of fonts (it makes the work look busy), and a last panel that ends in the middle of a not-particularly cliffhanger-y conversation.
Still, I'm going to check back tomorrow and in subsequent days to see how it progresses. I'm curious how deep Ubisoft »
- Charles Webb
Doom may have flopped, and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World may have been all buzz and no buck, but Disney’s Wreck-It Ralph proved that there is a place for videogame-themed movies at the box office this weekend.
The $165 million animated film topped the chart with $49.1 million out of 3,752 theaters — the strongest debut ever for a Walt Disney Animation production (i.e. not including Pixar titles). Disney’s Tangled opened with a whopping $48.8 million over the more lucrative Thanksgiving weekend in 2010, so Wreck-It Ralph’s slightly larger bow (and its hefty $13,086 per theater average) should be viewed as a major victory for the Mouse House. »
- Grady Smith
Things are coming together for Marc Webb's The Amazing Spider-Man 2, with it's eye on a May 2nd 2014 release date, and we now have movement on the villain front, with Jamie Foxx in talks to play the movie's big bad, electricity controlling Electro. The character first appeared way back in 1964, and was considered once before for the big screen, way back when James Cameron was attached to Spider-Man. No doubt the casting of Foxx for a character that has always been portrayed as caucasian will ruffle a few fanboy feathers (having been ruffled before with the casting of Idris Elba and Michael Clarke Duncan in Thor and Daredevil, respectively), but who cares! Foxx is a fantastic actor, and should elevate the character, who I feel is pretty one note in the comics. If the actor agrees to the role, he will join the returning Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
With Ben Affleck taking over the world thanks to his directing and acting work on Argo, I've been wondering when we could see a similar revival for his wife, Jennifer Garner. The Alias star was pretty much as famous and well-employed as he was when they met on the set of Daredevil in 2004, but in the time that he's spent reinventing himself as a classy director, she's been taking a handful of roles in small, relatively unloved movies ranging from total flops (The Odd Life of Timothy Green, Butter) to blockbusters everyone would choose not to remember (Valentine's Day, Ghosts of Girlfriends Past). The one exception on that list is Juno, the smash indie hit in which Garner turned in a terrific, understated supporting performance as the would-be adoptive mom to Ellen Page's unborn baby. And it's that kind of supporting work that I hope Garner turns in again »
It's fair to say that 20th Century Fox has a mixed history when it comes to comic book movies, with highlights such as X-Men, X2: X-Men United and X-Men: First Class pretty much nullified by the likes of Daredevil and Fantastic Four - and that's before we even get to the absolute trash (Elektra, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, X-Men Origins: Wolverine).
However, in the wake of Disney and Marvel Studios' mega-success with The Avengers, Fox now seems to be giving some serious attention to its stable of superheroes - as highlighted by the recent appointment of Mark Millar as creative consultant on the studio's 'Marvel Universe' - and its upcoming slate looks very promising indeed.
I have made no secret of my love for Daredevil. I’ve written articles about him on this site before and even penned out three full-length feature films that fit into a trilogy for the character. And I feel like he’s a popular superhero who really and strangely lacks exposure. So, I’ve compiled a short list in hopes to change that. Here’s 15 reasons why Daredevil is the greatest superhero of all time.
15. He’s Severely Handicapped
We’ll kill off the obvious, first. When the conception of the character rattled through Stan Lee’s mind in the sixties, the “Walt Disney” of Marvel had a major fear, thinking that audiences would find Matthew Murdock’s handicap offensive. »
- Cameron Domino Carpenter
Dynamite Entertainment seems to be the little company that could. Just this last week, the comic book publisher announced that they’re launching a crime fiction imprint, and have brought Garth Ennis and Andy Diggle on board to write for it.
Now, ask me a few years back about Dynamite Entertainment, and I’d likely have stared blankly at you, mainly because statistically, I probably wouldn’t have known who you are. But once awkward formalities were out of the way, I’d likely have thought of those guys as just that comics company that did mostly just licensed work and such.
They managed to turn somewhat of a corner when DC Comics got cold feet with Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson’s series The Boys and cancelled the series with issue #6. In a somewhat non-dickish move by DC Comics, they allowed the rights to revert back to Ennis and Robertson, »
- Liam Jose
I'm not quite sure if this is one of the greatest ideas of all-time or one of the worst, but Deadline has revealed that Sylvester Stallone (Rocky) and Robert De Niro (Raging Bull) are to square off against each other in Grudge Match, a film about two retired brawlers who are tempted by a fight promoter to get back in the ring for one last bout.
Kevin Hart (Think Like a Man) will play the fight promoter, who presumably faces a grueling fight of his own in order to persuade an athletic commission to license a fight between the two aging boxers (perhaps it's being sanctioned by the Luxembourg Boxing Federation).
Grudge Match has been scripted by Tim Kelleher (The Arsenio Hall Show) with rewrites from Doug Ellin (Entourage), and is set to be directed by Peter Segal (Get Smart). The project has been in development since 2010 and has now »
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