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Whether you want to read Keanu Reeves‘ regrets about the (non-existent) Constantine sequel, Robert Englund‘s hopes for a (theoretical) Elm Street prequel, or Alfonso Cuaron‘s thoughts on the Harry Potter spinoff, there’s a little something for everyone here. Also after the jump: Gareth Evans breaks down the trailer for The Raid 2: Berandal Michael Bay hints at a big theme from Transformers 4 Steven […] »
- Angie Han
Simon Pegg confirms Mission: Impossible 5 return; Pegg also signs up for the rom-com Man Up; Doug Liman signs on to direct El Presidente: Keanu Reeves is still interested in a Constantine sequel; and Gavin O’Connor may director the Tell No One remake.
The news comes courtesy of a brief interview with Pegg and close friend Nick Frost in which the actor also talked about Joe Cornish (Attack the Block) helming Star Trek 3. Although Pegg couldn’t give hints with regards to Trek, he ...
- Anthony Taormina
Our weekly round up of the latest stories from the world of screen superheroes, including Batman vs. Superman, The Dark Knight Rises, Constantine, Arrow, The Flash, Thor: The Dark World, Guardians of the Galaxy, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Luke Cage, Ant-Man, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, The Wolverine, Kick-Ass 2 and more...
While there's been plenty of rumours surrounding the Man of Steel sequel since its announcement at Comic-Con, it's rare that we've heard any comments on Batman vs. Superman from anyone involved with the project. However, producer Charles Roven - whose DC credits include The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises and Man of Steel - has given an update on the sequel's status, revealing that principal photography is set to get underway in February, as well as discussing the casting of Ben Affleck as the Caped Crusader: "On Batman vs. Superman, we started soft prep in June, »
- Gary Collinson
For a variety of reasons, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is considerably unlike its predecessor. Structurally the sequel isn’t a 180-turn, but the world itself, while keeping in touch with what director Gary Ross achieved with the first film, has a different texture to it. When the girl on fire is on fire, it actually looks like fire. It’s a sequel, but also a new direction for the franchise, in both small and major ways. That’s what clearly piqued director Francis Lawrence‘s interest. Catching Fire is only Lawrence’s fourth film, but he’s faced considerable storytelling and technical challenges in the past, making him an obvious choice for the franchise. From his films, music videos, and television work, the director behind I Am Legend and Constantine is more than up to the challenge of adding new shades to an already established world. We discussed adding new building blocks to author Suzanne Collins’s »
- Jack Giroux
After a full day of on-camera interviews about "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," there was a small reception at a nearby restaurant where I was invited so that I could spend a little more time talking to director Francis Lawrence. When "Constantine" came out, I moderated a screening of the film at the Egyptian Theater, and I remember it being a particularly spirited Q&A afterwards. I liked Lawrence, and while I didn't think "Constantine" was a home run, there were plenty of things about it that I liked. I thought "I Am Legend" started strong but then deflated at a certain »
- Drew McWeeny
Francis Lawrence is a director who has created impressive images before with films such as Constantine and I Am Legend. With his latest, he brings a fresh vision to The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. The world of Panem and its districts is clearly in capable hands as the filmmaker offers a very assured and exciting voice to the sequel. When I sat down with Francis, there was a real sense of excitement. The Hunger Games is a franchise that he was happy to be a part of and it shows. During our »
Directed by Francis Lawrence
With I Am Legend and Constantine in his filmography, two not entirely successful features but both ones with impressive sequences here and there, director Francis Lawrence would seem an adequate fit for a populist sci-fi or fantasy franchise instalment. Established fans of either Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games novels or Gary Ross’ first film adaptation can rest easy regarding Lawrence being given the keys to the remaining films in the series, à la David Yates with the Harry Potter franchise: Catching Fire is a very strong blockbuster, an improvement on its predecessor, and Lawrence’s most consistently effective effort to date.
Part of that improvement comes through Lawrence’s better credentials with action sequences and stylisation, Gary Ross having received a lot of flak from many (though not all) for the »
- Josh Slater-Williams
Having kept a low profile for the past couple of years, Keanu Reeves is set to return to the big screen this year with a couple of martial arts epics in 47 Ronin and Man of Tai Chi (the latter being his directorial debut), while The Matrix star is also keen to reprise his role as Ted Theodore Logan alongside Alex Winter for the long-rumoured Bill & Ted 3.
However, Ted isn't the only character Reeves would like to take on again, with the actor revealing to Vanity Fair that, "I would like to have played John Constantine again. I liked playing that character and there seemed to be a way to continue that. That’s the only one that comes to mind."
As it happens, Constantine looks like he could be an integral part of Warner Bros.' plans for its roster of DC superheroes; he's set to feature in his own TV pilot for NBC, »
- Gary Collinson
Last spring, "The Hunger Games," based on the first book in a series of insanely popular young adult novels by Suzanne Collins, came out and pretty much dominated the pop-culture landscape for months on end. The tale of a futuristic game (wherein participants are chosen at random and forced to compete in a series of tournaments that leaves their fellow participants dead), it was hooky and edgy, the kind of socially conscious science fiction that is all but missing these days.
The film, directed by Gary Ross and starring a then lesser-known Jennifer Lawrence, was also really good. But, of course, things change, and Ross has been swapped for Francis Lawrence, a talented music video and film director who previously helmed "Constantine" and "I Am Legend." For "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," based on Collins's second novel, the stakes are raised considerably and everything seems bigger, more complicated, and on the verge of chaos. »
- Drew Taylor
Regardless of how closely they've followed the far-reaching career of Tool frontman Maynard James Keenan, genre fans are still very likely familiar with his musical output, as tracks from most of his musical projects have made their way into multiple horror, dark fantasy and science fiction films over the past couple of decades. Tracks from the dark-rock supergroup A Perfect Circle, which Keenan co-founded in 1999 with guitarist Billy Howerdel, have found their way into big-budget films like Underworld (“Judith”), Constantine (“Passive”) and Resident Evil: Afterlife (“The Outsider”), and for good reason: their songs possess a haunted, tormented but strangely seductive vibe that lingers in the memory and instills their scenes with an ominously hypnotic quality. While they've undergone personnel changes and a lengthy hiatus due to Keenan and Howerdel's focus on other projects (including Keenan's quirky electro-rock group Puscifer and Howerdel's gothic team Ashes Divide), A Perfect Circle finally began »
- Gregory Burkart
A Constantine tv show is in development at NBC with Man of Steel and Batman vs Superman screenwriter David S. Goyer steering the ship. Constantine is also set to appear in Guilermo del Toro's Justice League Dark movie, which the director assures is still happening and some speculate will be part of the fledgling DC Cinematic Universe. But for many, the first introduction to the con man magic-user was in the 2005 Constantine film from director Francis Lawrence (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire) and starring Keanu Reeves (47 Ronin). The film earned $230.8 million dollars at the worldwide box office on a $100 million dollar budget. Not a flop per say but not enough for Warner Bros. to greenlight a sequel either. In a recent interview with Vanity Fair, Keanu stated, "I would like to have played John Constantine again. I liked playing that character and there seemed »
CW’s Arrow has shown that DC Comics characters can work on the small screen. This season has gotten positive attention from both fans and critics and continues to build its world and introduce more characters and concepts from the comics. As well as Arrow, DC Entertainment has announced that there are Jim Gordon, John Constantine, and Hourman shows in development at Fox, NBC, and CW respectively. The first two characters are relatively popular, especially Jim Gordon, who was portrayed by Oscar-nominated actor Gary Oldman in the Dark Knight trilogy, but who outside die-hard Justice Society fans knows who Hourman is? In this articles, the Sound on Sight writers will show what DC characters and comics series should have their own series instead of Hourman and whatever his superpowers are.
Deathstroke by Lol Craven I’m not going to lie and say I’m nominating Deathstroke because I’m a long term fan, »
- Logan Dalton
Our weekly round up of all the latest stories from the world of screen superheroes, including Thor: The Dark World, The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Ant-Man, Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Wolverine, The Fantastic Four, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Man of Steel, Batman vs. Superman, Arrow, Justice League Dark, Wonder Twins, Justice League: War, Iron Man & Hulk: Heroes United and more...
We'll get things underway this week with the final superhero movie of 2013, Thor: The Dark World, which has now passed the $350 million mark at the global box office, having enjoyed an $87 million debut weekend in the States, giving it the fourth biggest opening of the year behind Iron Man 3 ($174 million), Man of Steel ($116.6 million) and Fast & Furious 6 ($97.4 million). The film will overtake Captain America: The First Avenger's $370.6 million haul this weekend, where it's expected to retain first »
- Gary Collinson
The pop culture sensation that began with Suzanne Collins' best-selling book series continues to grow with next week's release of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire , which features the return of stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Lenny Kravitz, and Donald Sutherland and the introduction of franchise newcomers Jena Malone, Sam Claflin and Philip Seymour Hoffman as well as the series' new director, Francis Lawrence ( I Am Legend , Constantine ). The Hunger Games: Catching Fire begins as Katniss Everdeen has returned home safe after winning the 74th Annual Hunger Games along with fellow tribute Peeta Mellark. Winning means that they must turn around and leave their family and close friends, embarking on a "Victor's Tour' »
While Disney and Marvel are charging full steam ahead with their ambitious plans for a shared Marvel Cinematic Universe (which will now include elaborate television projects airing on both network TV and Netflix), it still seems like Warner Bros. and DC are inching forward slowly in terms of building their own big-screen continuity. Still, in 2015, Superman and Batman will face off in a "Man of Steel" sequel that's rumored to feature both Wonder Woman and The Flash, and now, based on comments made by monster-loving madman Guillermo del Toro, they might be further along than we think.
While talking to Cinefilos.it (via Coming Soon), del Toro said plans for his own DC project, entitled "Justice League Dark" and featuring a bunch of the more monstrous characters in the comics' line-up, including Deadman, Swamp Thing, and a very British John Constantine (previously brought to life by the very American Keanu Reeves »
- Drew Taylor
Colin Farrell and Russell Crowe are at odds in an age-old battle between good and evil in this first trailer for Winter’S Tale. Set in a mythic New York City and spanning more than a century, Winter’S Tale is a love story of miracles and crossed destinies.
Bring the hankies – this tear-jerker opens Valentine’s Day 2014. For those not prone to sentimental films of the heart, The Weinstein Company’s Vampire Academy also debuts on February 14th.
The film stars Colin Farrell (“Total Recall”), Jessica Brown Findlay (TV’s “Downton Abbey”), and Oscar winners Jennifer Connelly (“A Beautiful Mind”), William Hurt (“Kiss of the Spider Woman”), Eva Marie Saint (“On the Waterfront”) and Russell Crowe (“Gladiator”). It also introduces young newcomers Ripley Sobo and Mckayla Twiggs (both from Broadway’s “Once”).
- Michelle McCue
I'll admit to being a big fan of Keanu Reeves. Like most of you, I grew up watching his movies: Bill & Ted, Point Break, Speed, The Matrix, My Own Private Idaho, Constantine, Dracula, and so many others. So when I was invited to London to visit the set of 47 Ronin with a few other online reporters, I was very excited. Thankfully, what I saw looked very cool. The level of detail on the costumes, massive practical sets, and in every other behind-the-scenes detail made me think director Carl Rinsch was bringing something to life that has never been done. I'm genuinely excited to see the finished film on Christmas Day. During a break in filming, Reeves sat down with me and my fellow online reporters for an interview. He talked about why he wanted to be in the film, learning Japanese, his character, how the project changed along the way, »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
How do you ensure that your movie trailer has the greatest impact possible? You unveil it during a sporting event – which is exactly what Lionsgate did, as they debuted the final trailer for their highly anticipated The Hunger Games: Catching Fire during the World Series.
Directed by Francis Lawrence (Constantine, I Am Legend, Water For Elephants), and based on author Suzanne Collins’ sequel, Catching Fire, the second of The Hunger Games trilogy sees Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) return from the 74th Hunger Games as heroes. Their euphoria is short-lived, however, as they are forced to head back into the arena for a special edition of the games.
This final trailer reveals in greater detail the combination of stunning visual effects and powerhouse performances, which make this film a very exciting prospect indeed. We are left with no doubt that Catching Fire will take things to a whole new level, »
- Sarah Myles
We're less than a month away from the second installment in the "Hunger Games" franchise (based on the beloved novels by Suzanne Collins), "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire." While tickets are already on sale for the hotly anticipated sequel, Lionsgate is delivering one last trailer. It might be short, but it'll get you going.
The trailer starts with the evil President (Donald Sutherland) purring at our feisty leady Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence), "The Hunger Games were just a game... how would you like to be in a real war?" The trailer is only about a minute long so we just get snippets of the action: futuristic trains zooming by, Katniss and her winning partner from the first movie (Josh Hutcherson) on a chariot, their clothes engulfed in magical flames, and Katniss training in some kind of holographic program (she shoots imaginary arrows at figures and they disintegrate into glowing cubes). Also: flying spaceships, »
- Drew Taylor
In the continuing entertainment arms-race between DC and Marvel, many new projects have been announced or teased recently. One of those is the David S. Goyer television project Constantine, based on the DC comics character John Constantine.
Deadline recently revealed the news about a planned Constantine TV series from The Mentalist executive producer Daniel Cerone and Man Of Steel writer David S. Goyer. Goyer is also busy working on the Man of Steel sequel Batman vs. Superman.
Regarding this new series concept, the project is described as follows…“Warner Bros. TV and DC Comics are on a roll this development season with a third high-profile project. Constantine, a drama based on the characters in DC Comics’ John Constantine stories, has sold to NBC with penalty. It is written/executive produced by The Mentalist executive producer Daniel Cerone and David S. Goyer, the go-to writer for Warner Bros.’ feature DC adaptations. »
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