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Highlander, Catwoman, Thor and the secret of great action

13 June 2016 3:25 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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Legendary stunt coordinator Andy Armstrong talks to us about his work on Highlander, Thor, Catwoman, and what makes a great action scene...

For over 40 years, Andy Armstrong has worked on a huge array of stunts and action sequences in TV and film. From directing 1,000s of extras in Stargate to a full body burn in Danny DeVito's Hoffa, Armstrong's experiences as a stuntman, stunt coordinator and unit director have taken him all over the world.

The brother of Vic Armstrong, the stunt coordinator and director who famously doubled for Harrison Ford in the Indiana Jones movies, Andy Armstrong's career began when he doubled for Sir John Mills on the 1970s TV series, The Zoo Gang. That early job jumpstarted a life in filmmaking which has taken in three James Bond movies, 90s action (Total Recall, Universal Soldier) and superhero movies (The Green Hornet, Thor, The Amazing Spider-Man).

Those 40 years of filmmaking experience are the pillar of Armstrong's book, the Action Movie Maker's Handbook. Intended as a reference for those thinking of starting a career in stunts or action unit directing, it also offers a valuable insight for those outside the industry, too. The book reveals the range of talents required to bring an effective action scene to the screen - organisation, storytelling, an understanding of engineering and physics - and how much input a coordinator and unit director has on how those sequences will look in the final film.

We caught up with Andy Armstrong via telephone to talk about his book and some of the highlights in his career so far. Read on for his thoughts on creating the action sequences in Thor and The Amazing Spider-Man, his hilarious behind-the-scenes memories from the 80s cult classic, Highlander, and what went wrong on the 2004 Catwoman movie...

Your book gave me a new appreciation for what second unit directors and stunt coordinators do. I didn't realise how much design work you do when it comes to action scenes, for example.

Yeah, it is true that a lot of people don't realise how much development goes into action. Especially nowadays, it's such a complex business. That becomes a huge part of it - the technicalities of it and the storytelling part of it. Some things might look great, but when you put them all together they don't necessarily work for that movie. A lot of what I've made a living doing is really creating action that is appropriate for the movie. Because the wrong type of action is just like the wrong costume or the wrong actor or something  - it just takes you out of the film.

You get a lot of movies that actually have too much action in them. Then what happens is, you can't appreciate it. It's like a feast where the starter is such a huge meal that you don't even want the main course because you're full. That's like so many action movies - they'd actually benefit from having some of the action taken out of them. I'm always fascinated when you see an audience in an action movie.

When I feel there's too much action in a movie, or it goes on for too long, I always look around in a cinema. It's interesting to see people chatting to each other or doing something else. You should never have that in an action movie. Action should be like sex or violence - you want to be left just wanting a bit more. That gets forgotten in a lot of movies, which are just relentless. Stuff going on the whole time.

What happens then is that, when it comes to something special for the third act, some fantastic fight or something, you can't raise the bar enough, because the bar's been high all the way through the movie. It's a weird thing.

They have to build, action scenes.

They do have to build, absolutely. That's why I do that little graph in the book, which is something I do in every movie, just to work out how much action there should be and where it should go and, on a scale of one to 10, how big it is. It's funny how crude that looks, and yet if you compare it to any of the really great action movies, they'll fit that graph. There'll be something at the opening, there'll be something happening at the end of the first act and into the second act, and there'll be bits and pieces happening in the second act and then a big third act finale. Whether it's a movie made in the 60s or now, that formula of action still becomes the sweet spot.

A lot of these superhero movies, there's some fantastic action going on, but by the end of the movie, nobody cares. You have nowhere to go with it.

Some of them are very long as well.

Far too long. Far, far too long. You're absolutely right. I think any movie, past two hours, has got to be either incredibly spectacular or it's an ego-fest for the filmmakers. Keeping somebody in a seat for more than two hours - you'd better have a really good tale to tell. And I don't think many of these modern ones do - they just have lots of stuff in them.

So what films have impressed you recently in terms of action?

Kingsman, definitely. I thought it was absolutely brilliant, a really good take on it. I loved that it was Colin Firth and not a traditional action hero that's covered in muscles and torn t-shirts and things. And for the same reasons, really, I love the Taken series of movies with Liam Neeson. I loved them, particularly because they're grounded in reality, or set just above reality. Obviously, Kingsman you go more above reality, but they're still grounded with real gravity and real people. It's a bit hypocritical, because I've made a great living doing some superhero movies, but they're not more favourite movies by any chance. I'm very proud of the work I've done on them, but the movies I love aren't even action, really. I haven't seen the third Taken, I need to get that, but I thought the first two Takens were really very cool.

I quite liked both the Red films. I was going to do the second one of those, because the guy who directed the second one is a friend of mine. So I'd have liked to have done that, but they wanted to go with the person they used on the first film. Dean Parisot is a very good friend of mine, I did Galaxy Quest with him. That's one of my favourites.

But a lot of movies I've seen lately, I've been underwhelmed by some of them. It's funny. I like tight little movies. I think it's a shame we've not had more John Frankenheimers making things like Ronin, you know. Great action but well placed - the right action in the right place. Again, grounded in reality, real people.

Do you think stunts go through trends? Obviously, you've recently been doing a lot of wire work on superhero movies lately.

Oh, absolutely. It's kind of gone in a tight full circle, because a few years ago action went fully CG, and then the brief we were given when we did the first Amazing Spider-Man is that they want to get away from that feel, to go more gravity based, more reality. That's what we spent a lot of time doing on that first Spider-Man is the way he jumps around. I based it on real physics.

Some of the stuff on the first Amazing Spider-Man I'm really very, very proud of. We filmed some groundbreaking rig systems and high-powered winches that moved around so there was a proper organic travel when Spider-Man jumps around. It's funny, because when I agreed to do the movie, that was the brief - they want to make Spider-Man's movement much more realistic. I said, "Yes, absolutely, we can do it." But when I came out of the meeting, I have to be honest - I had no idea how the hell we were going to do that.

We did a lot of testing. They were good enough to give us a lot of time to test. One of the things I did was bring in an Olympic gymnast, and I had him swing from three bars, from one bar to the next bar to the next bar, doing giant swings on them. I videoed it, because I knew that something on the original [Sam Raimi] Spider-Man didn't look right. It sounds really obvious in the end, because your eye goes straight to it, but when I brought the gymnast in, I realised that when you see a human swinging, their downward swing is really violent. It gets faster, faster, faster until it nearly pulls the arms out of the sockets, and then as they swing up it gets slower, slower, slower until they get negative. Then they grab the next bar and it happens again. It's the massive variation in velocity that made me realise, "I get it. That's what's real." Then you can tell it's a real guy. When you see Spider-Man and his speed is the same going down as it is going up, even though you haven't analysed it in your mind, you know that it's not right. It's like the five-legged horse syndrome: if you saw one standing in a field, even though you've never seen one in your life, you'd know that it's not something from nature. 

It's something I spend a lot of time doing, making things organic and real. In the book you've see a lot of reference to Buster Keaton and things, because I like to go back to that. When you've seen something done for real, then you can make anything as fantastic as you want. But you have to know where the baseline is, where real is, before you start doing something too spectacular. Or what will happen is, even though an audience has never seen an athlete on giant bars, or a guy swinging on a spider web, they'll know instinctively that it looks wrong. We're conditioned to do that - no matter how realistic a dummy in a shop window is, we know as humans that it isn't a real person. Animals know all that - they can spot their own species, they can spot other species and know what they are.

It's why, with a superhero movie, especially, I like to do a bible beforehand, so that you can have a reference. How strong is Spider-Man? Can he throw cars or push a building over? Can he just pick up a sofa? You have to have a yardstick of what people can do. Otherwise it's all over the place. We've seen those movies, where the power of the superheroes [varies]. One minute he gets knocked out by someone in a bar, the next he's pushing a house over.

It has to have some kind of internal logic, doesn't it.

It has to have some kind of logic, no matter how mad that logic is, it has to be consistent. We had it on Thor: how powerful is Thor? How much can he do with a hammer? What happens when the hammer really hits something? You have to have all these mad conversations at the beginning of the movie. If you see someone punch through a  building, it's tough to then see that same person slap someone in their face without tearing their head off. You need a yardstick to go to.

I was interested to read what you said about Catwoman, and the idea you had for the big fight.

Yeah, that was a classic case. In the end I was proved right. The movie could have been fantastic. Halle Berry - in the outfit, she could stop traffic. And she was such a perfect choice for Catwoman - she had all the abilities. The movement down, the whole thing. It was such a waste, because the script got crappier and crappier. There was a rewrite every week or so. Each one was worse than the last one. It was like someone was drinking and writing worse and worse versions of it. I feel sorry for Halle as well - I don't think it did her career any good. She's such a trooper anyway.

It's funny, I remember when I saw the first TV commercial for the movie, and I'd been a bit depressed - I don't like leaving movies. I remember coming out, and you always have that second thought as to whether you should have left it or not. But I'm quite strict about only doing good stuff. The interesting thing is, I fought to get the motorcycle sequence in there, and the directors and the producers - none of them wanted it. The moment I saw that first commercial, and it was nearly all motorcycle. I remember shouting at the screen that I was absolutely right. You know when they put that in the trailer that it's the only good thing in the movie! It's very funny. 

Why do you think that happens sometimes in these big Hollywood films, where you get this death spiral of script rewrites? You hear about it quite a lot.

Oh, God knows. If you could answer that I think you'd be a gazillionaire. A lot of these rewrites just get worse and worse. It's like cooking, putting this and that in, until you've got this inedible bowl of crap that's like the vision you originally set out to make. That happens so often. I think part of it happens in the main studio system because a lot of films get made by committee. That happens a lot. It didn't happen with some of the greats of the 50s, 60s and 70s, because some of those people were tyrannical, but the movies they made had a personal identity to them.

John Boorman doesn't always make great movies, but he's a great moviemaker and every movie he makes is a John Boorman movie. You look at Excalibur, you look at Deliverance, you look at Hope And Glory, they're all different, you can like them or not like them, but they have a real authority and identity to them. What happens in a studio system is you have a lot of junior executives and they all want to put a comment in there, they all want to use this actor or that actress. In the end, for right or wrong, a film has to have one real author. If it doesn't... there's the old saying that a camel is a horse designed by committee. That's what happens to movies. There are so many people in different areas in the studio that want to keep their fingers in the pie.

The big thing about studios is, most studio executives are all eventually going to get fired or run another studio or something. The rule of thumb is, most studio executives want to be just attached to a movie enough that if it's a huge success they can say they were or part of it, and they can point out the bits they changed or suggested or whatever. And if it's a Catwoman, they can distance themselves from it as if it were a disease. That's a real thing - a fine line executives work. Because you can get the blame for a picture that you may have had nothing to do with in some ways, you had no say in it if you were a studio executive, necessarily, and you can also get lots of praise and lots of awards and a million-dollar job at another studio because you're considered to be the guy or girl that brought this or that movie to the studio and it made $300m. It's a funny game, that.

In the end, who knows what's going to be successful? Who'd have thought movies like Fast & Furious would still be successful?

Yeah, there's gonna be eight or nine of them.

It's incredible. Vic [Armstrong] and I were offered, I guess it was three or four, and then they made a change with the action team and they've had the same action team since. But we'd just started Thor so we turned it down. It's funny because they went off and did more and more of those Fast & Furious films and we did the two Spider-Mans and Season Of The Witch and some other things. I think in the end we kind of made the right choice. I'm proud of the stuff I've done.

When you think of how advanced the look of Highlander was - Russell invented that look. The very long lenses, the very wide lenses. Fantastic cuts between things. It's absolutely timeless. I watched it again recently. It's as good now as it was when we made it. And it's a beautiful looking movie.

I'm really proud of the stuff I've done on it. It's amazing to think it's 30 years [old]. There's a lot of funny stories about Highlander. When they hired Sean Connery first of all as Ramirez, it’s funny because it's a Scotsman playing a Spaniard and a Frenchman playing a Scotsman! The funny thing is, Peter Davis and Bill Panzer, the producers, cast Connery - and the movie's called Highlander, so Connery thought he was playing the Highlander

He got some huge fee, and then they let him know that he's playing Ramirez, this Spanish guy. He went, "Oh fine", but his fee was the same - he got about a million dollars for however many weeks he was on the movie. And then Christopher Lambert, who'd only done Greystoke before, as far as English-speaking movies went, they cast him and hadn't met him. Apparently, when they did Greystoke, he learned his lines parrot fashion - he just learned the line he had to speak. He couldn't speak English. But he's such a lovely guy.

When they first met him and he answered "Yes" to every question, they realised he didn't know what the hell they were talking about. [Laughs] They were in a bar or restaurant, and Peter Davis and Bill Panzer both came outside, and they left him at the table, and said, "He can't fucking speak English!" And they'd already cast him! The deal was done! It was fantastic, you know?

It just shows you. He was so charismatic in that movie. He learned English during the movie and was brilliant.

He's also incredibly short-sighted, Christophe. I did some really cool sword fight sequences with him. He couldn't see the sword! Incredible. His muscle memory and ability to be taught a fight with his glasses on, and then take is glasses off and then shoot was absolutely astounding. I've never met anyone like it. He never missed a beat, and yet he couldn't see - he couldn't see which end of the sword he had a hold of. 

You look at those sword fights, and he's better than most stuntmen doing them. Yet he could hardly see his opponent, let alone the sword. Fascinating.

Clancy Brown, who played the villain, he's still a friend. He was fantastic. A couple of funny things happened on that, I think they're in the book. We were doing some car action in New York, and I had cameras on the front of the Cadillac. The Cadillac was my choice - originally it was written as a big four-wheel drive. I wanted something classically American that would slide around.

When we were towing it through town with the cameras on for the close-ups of the two actors, Clancy's there with his slit throat with the safety pins in it and all that, and I would jump off the back of the camera car when we got to a decent bit of road or bridge or something, and I'd turn all the cameras on.

At one point, I was turning the cameras on and the cop who was helping us - or supposed to be helping us in a typical sort of New York, aggressive cop way, said, "If you get off the camera car again, I'm going to arrest you."

Now, meanwhile, the cameras are rolling. I'm not really arguing with the cop, but I'm a bit pissed off to say the least. So I got back on the camera car. But while I'm doing that, Clancy, just dicking around, was [sings] "New York, New York!" And that was just him playing around. It was actually in response to me arguing with a New York cop, really.

Anyway, Russell, when he was putting the chase together, loved that little moment. He'd done all the Queen videos, and that's when Queen came in and saw it, and they loved it. So that's when they re-recorded their version of New York, New York and it became a hit record for Queen.

That's amazing.

It started as a mild confrontation between me and a rather aggressive New York cop! [Laughs] Whenever I see Clancy, we still laugh about it. It wasn't in the script or anything, it was just one of those things.

Andy Armstrong, thank you very much!

Action Movie Maker's Handbook is available from Amazon now.

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'X-Men: Apocalypse' is a better film than 'Captain America: Civil War'

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Note: There are copious spoilers below. Proceed no further if you haven't seen Captain America: Civil War or X-Men: Apocalypse. I'll be the first to admit that I'm not a big superhero movie fan. In fact -- psst! -- I actually think there are far too many of them being churned out these days. Judge me all you want for this, but my relative indifference gives me something of a unique perspective in today's geek-driven movie culture, which has a tendency to focus more on the deeply-interwoven drama between the films' costumed characters and/or adherence to comic-book lore than the directorial eye at work behind the lens. (You can thank -- blame? -- Marvel's serialized approach to their sprawling, prolific McU for that.) And from this more removed vantage point, I can say with an utterly straight face that X-Men: Apocalypse is a better film than Captain America: Civil War »

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If You've Ever Wanted to See Anne Hathaway Destroy James Corden in a Rap Battle, Now's Your Chance

25 May 2016 6:50 AM, PDT | Popsugar.com | See recent Popsugar news »

After watching Anne Hathaway deliver an unbelievable rendition of Miley Cyrus's "Wrecking Ball" on Lip Sync Battle last year, only a truly brave individual would be ballsy enough to challenge her again. Well, James Corden is that guy. The host of The Late Late Show got the Alice Through the Looking Glass actress to go head to head with him in a new segment on his show called "Drop the Mic" on Tuesday night, where they spit some seriously fierce rhymes. James rapped, "the only Catwoman I acknowledge is Halle Berry," while Anne hit back with, "I can't make fun of you, James, because no one's heard of you, your rhymes are like your ratings, they're incredibly weak." Although we've got plenty of love for James, it's hard to deny that Anne "Hatha-slayed" him. Watch it above to decide for yourself, and then see how Anne is embracing motherhood! »

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Anne Hathaway and James Corden Have a Rap Battle and Nothing Is Off Limits

25 May 2016 5:57 AM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

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Molly Jackson: It’s About Time

11 May 2016 10:00 AM, PDT | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

The Marvel Cinematic Universe has been chugging along for the past eight years. For the most part, almost all of their films are considered hits with the fans. Their most recent offering is up to par for Marvel, pleasing comic and non-comic fans. In fact, there is only one big glaring mark against Marvel – for me at least. Where are my female-led movies?

We are talking eight years of a major blockbuster franchise. In the McU, there is only one central female character, Black Widow, that has been in it from almost the beginning, and a handful of female supporting characters, like Pepper Potts, Sif and Jane Foster. You can make the argument that Scarlet Witch is now a central figure but she is still very new to the universe.

Before you start yelling at me, yes I know there is a female-led movie on the Marvel schedule. Captain Marvel is set for March 8th, »

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Last week Marvel Cinematic Universe lord and master Kevin Feige dropped a tidbit of news that a lot of fans have been clamouring for some time: a solo Black Widow movie. Seemingly ever since she debuted in Iron Man 2 is 2010, McU viewers have been begging Marvel to pull the trigger on her own outing as it would be something fresh and different. Our own Tony Black even posted this article about how a Black Widow movie is something that needs to happen. Those who have shamed Marvel in the past for not producing female-led movies took glee in pointing out it’s taken them nearly a decade to realise it’s what some fans want.

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Sharon Stone says she is going to be in a Marvel movie

9 May 2016 12:27 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

During an appearance on The Late Late Show, Sharon Stone has revealed to James Corden that she is set to make an appearance in an upcoming Marvel movie.

“I am going to do a Marvel movie,” said Stone. “I’m just doing a wee part in a Marvel movie, upcoming, and I can’t tell, because you know, you have to sign confidentiality agreements. But I’m going to do a wee part in a Marvel movie now. That’s it.”

It’s been speculated that Stone could portray Janet Van Dyne in Ant-Man and The Wasp, which would reunite her with her Basic Instinct co-star Michael Douglas, who plays Hank Pym.

Stone does have previous comic book movie experience, having portrayed the villain Laurel Hedare alongside Halle Berry in 2004’s Catwoman. Although you’ve probably blocked that movie from your mind.

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Sharon Stone Will Appear In A Marvel Film, And We Speculate Who She'll Play!

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Sharon Stone Joins a Marvel Movie, But Which One?

6 May 2016 6:29 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Sharon Stone gave us one of the great sexy cinematic teases of all time in 1992's Basic Instinct. Now she's teasing Marvel fans with a tantalizing bit of casting news. Apparently she has joined an upcoming superhero movie, firmly staking her flag in some prime McU real estate. Though, she refuses to confirm what the movie is at this time.

Sharon Stone recently appeared on The Late Late Show with James Corden. There, she dropped this hint during her chat. She doesn't get into any specifics. And she admits that it's just a small role, perhaps just a cameo. She explains.

"I am going to do a Marvel movie. I'm just doing a wee part in a Marvel movie, upcoming, and I can't tell, because you know, you have to sign confidentiality agreements. But I'm going to do a wee part in a Marvel movie now. That's it."

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Why Clayface is the perfect villain for Ben Affleck’s Batman film

2 May 2016 9:00 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

James Garcia on why Clayface could be the perfect villain to feature in Ben Affleck’s solo Batman movie…

Of any rogues gallery across the pages of comics, none is perhaps more famous and iconic than Batman’s. Frequent Arkham Asylum inmates like the Joker, Two-Face, the Riddler, Catwoman, the Penguin, Mr. Freeze, and even relative newcomers like Harley Quinn have had a substantial impact on pop and geek culture.

As a result, the big names on the rogues list keep popping up in new Batman adaptations. The Joker himself has been given the live action treatment five times (counting Gotham and the upcoming Suicide Squad film), and has been the focus of countless video games and animated adaptations. Catwoman has appeared across film and TV five times, and was even the focus of her own solo film starring Halle Berry (though that particular version of the character bears little resemblance to the source material, »

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One Change Wonder Woman Should Make From Batman v Superman, According To Hans Zimmer

30 March 2016 2:10 PM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Wonder Woman getting her own solo film is a big deal. It.s true that she.s not the first female superhero to get the feature treatment, with Supergirl, Elektra and Catwoman preceding her, but the character has a key place in pop culture history, and has long been seen as a feminist icon (despite being fictional). Director Patty Jenkins will be at the helm of the movie, with Gal Gadot in the starring role. but one thing that composer Hans Zimmer wants to see is more women involved in the creation of the blockbuster.s music. The Oscar winner broached this subject earlier this month when I had the opportunity to speak with him over the phone . paired with his Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice co-composer Junkie Xl . and we were discussing Wonder Woman.s role in the film. I asked about the significance of being the artists »

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Kingsman Sequel To Be Titled ‘The Golden Circle’

29 March 2016 8:57 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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Fans of the first instalment also have a few details of the new story to whet their appetites over, with reports that the film will be moving away from the streets of London and, instead being set in America. The story, it seems, will focus on a team up with the American version of the Kingsman, known simply as the ‘Statesman’.

The Golden Circle will star Taran Egerton, reprising his role as local chav turned suave super-spy ‘Eggsy’. Mark Strong will also be making his return as the Q inspired quartermaster ‘Merlin »

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Wamg Looks At Zack Snyder’s Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice And Batman In Popular Culture

27 March 2016 6:29 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

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Warner Bros. Pictures’ screen pairing of the world’s most iconic super heroes has at last answered the question “Who Will Win?” by winning over movie audiences and setting box office records around the world this weekend with an estimated worldwide box office total of $424.1 million.

Batman and Superman. Gotham and Metropolis. Lex Luthor, Doomsday and—for the first time ever on the big screen—Wonder Woman. With its stellar lineup of heroes and villains and bigger and better battles with even more at stake than the destruction of the Earth, Zack Snyder’s Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice is an epic Super Hero journey like no other.

Pit the two greatest heroes in the world against each other and the unthinkable becomes inevitable in the form of a truly seismic clash: Batman, the underground vigilante, a knight in the darkness, »

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Ranking the Batman Movies From Worst to Best

24 March 2016 6:04 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

It’s absurd to suggest that film critics were paid to write negative reviews of “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.” But as absurd ideas go, it’s a mildly flattering one, since it carries with it a sliver of implication that critics actually matter — or that a studio would give a bat’s ass what critics think of a movie as thoroughly, obtusely critic-proof as “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.” (I keep typing “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” in hopes that the overextended title may improve with repetition, but it doesn’t — instead it just sits there, heavy with meaningless portent and bereft of punctuation: “Who stole my period?”)

Did I mention that, unlike roughly 69% of the critics listed on Rotten Tomatoes who reviewed “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” I did not hate “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice”? Well, I didn’t — and no, Warner Bros. »

- Justin Chang

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Female Superheroes Ranked: See How Wonder Woman Stacks Up Against Catwoman, Black Widow and More

24 March 2016 8:00 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

This Friday, a little movie titled Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice hits theaters. Perhaps you may have seen an advertisement or two about it. The film marks the first official pairing of Bats and Supes in a feature film. Surely there are longtime fans eager to see them pec-to-pec, but some fans will be excited about the film's other big debut: Wonder Woman. Ever since Gal Gadot was cast in the role, comic book (and TV) fans have been eager to find out how Wonder Woman would be realized on the big screen. Shockingly, the character has never had »

- Drew Mackie, @drewgmackie

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Female Superheroes Ranked: See How Wonder Woman Stacks Up Against Catwoman, Black Widow and More

24 March 2016 8:00 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

This Friday, a little movie titled Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice hits theaters. Perhaps you may have seen an advertisement or two about it. The film marks the first official pairing of Bats and Supes in a feature film. Surely there are longtime fans eager to see them pec-to-pec, but some fans will be excited about the film's other big debut: Wonder Woman. Ever since Gal Gadot was cast in the role, comic book (and TV) fans have been eager to find out how Wonder Woman would be realized on the big screen. Shockingly, the character has never had »

- Drew Mackie, @drewgmackie

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10 TV Shows That Were Right To Deviate From The Source Material

16 March 2016 4:47 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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Adaptation is a tricky thing, especially when the source material has a devoted army of fans with itchy Twitter-fingers. How best to take material written for one form and transfer it to another?

After all, television, film, prose and comics all have their own individual quirks and tics. Quite apart from the differences in production, audiences will consume the product differently, and a set-up, character or concept that works in one medium will absolutely fall to pieces in another.

Yet people still seem bound and determined to take characters, concepts and events that make a narrative work in one form, and cut n’ paste them into another in order to find a new, wider audience. Often novelists will find that a book that has good word of mouth in the publishing industry may receive offers to option it for a cinematic adaptation before the bloody thing’s even been published. »

- Ben Cooke

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Halle Berry in talks to Join Cast of 'Kingsman' Sequel

11 March 2016 12:32 PM, PST | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

Since winning her Best Actress Oscar in 2002, I'd argue that Halle Berry just hasn't quite enjoyed the kind of post-Oscar career that was all-but promised that glorious evening, when her win was proclaimed in the entertainment media as a pivotal moment in Hollywood history in terms of work available for black actors and actresses, and Berry specifically, who some said had broken down a once-closed door that would lead to much more and even bigger roles for her in studio filmmaking. That never quite happened. Not that she hasn't been working; she certainly has, but in mostly forgettable fare: "Gothika," "Catwoman," "Perfect Stranger," "Dark Tide," »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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Halle Berry In Talks For Kingsman: The Secret Service 2

10 March 2016 4:21 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Matthew Vaughn’s sequel to the block-busting Kingsman: The Secret Service may have landed itself an Academy Award winning actress, as Deadline reports that former X-Men star Halle Berry (Monster’s Ball, Catwoman) is in talks to join the cast as the head of The CIA.

No other details on Berry’s role are provided, but should she sign on, she’ll join the returning Taron Egerton as Gary “Eggsy” Unwin, and, reportedly, Julianne Moore as the new villain of the piece. After all, there wasn’t much left of the previous ones by the end of the first movie.

There were also initial rumors that Colin Firth might be reprising the role of Harry Hart despite being killed off pretty decisively in the original – but comic creator Mark Miller claimed that the details haven’t been worked out just yet in a recent interview, so we’ll just have to wait and see. »

- Mark Cassidy

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X-men Star Halle Berry In Talks To Join Kingsman: The Secret Service Sequel

10 March 2016 2:34 PM, PST | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

According to Deadline, Halle Berry (X-Men: Days Of Future Past, Monster's Ball, Catwoman) is in talks to join the cast of Matthew Vaughn's sequel to his unexpected smash hit, Kingsman: The Secret Service. Apparently the Academy Award winner would play the head of the CIA, and the discussion is for a two picture deal. We recently found out that Hunger Games actress Julianne Moore was also in line to play the film's new villain (Taron Egerton's character didn't leave much left of the last ones), and from the sounds of things that may be a done deal. Vaughn and Jane Goldman wrote the script for Kingsman 2, which is set for release on June 16, 2017. »

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