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According to Deadline, Sony Pictures is moving forward with a planned reboot of the “Zorro” franchise based on the 2005 Isabel Allende novel, which centers on the young Zorro who witnesses the brutal injustices dealt to Native Americans.
Screenwriter Chris Boal, brother of Mark Boal (“Zero Dark Thirty,” “The Hurt Locker”), has come onboard to rewrite a draft previously penned by Matthew Federman and Stephen Scaia. Boal was a competitive fencer on the national circuit before becoming a writer.
This new project will have nothing to do with the Antonio Banderas films The Mask of Zorro and The Legend of Zorro but will have a sort of “Batman Begins” style of approach, with a new backstory, gritty realism and emotional core. So for those of you who have seen the Banderas films, this will follow Anthony Hopkins character’s backstory. There will be swordplay, combined with the martial arts that came »
- Kellvin Chavez
The Zorro character first appeared in Johnston McCulley's 1919 novella "The Curse of Capistrano", Allende's work is an origin tale and prequel to the events of that story, and contains numerous references to other famous Zorro works including 1998's "The Mask of Zorro".
The project is not to be confused with Fox's rival sci-fi take "Zorro Reborn" which puts the character in a "Mad Max"-esque apocalyptic wasteland.
- Garth Franklin
Sexy British actress Lucy Griffiths -below ('The Numbers Station') has signed up to star in NBC and Warner Bros Television's new adaptation of 'Constantine'. Based on the original 'Hellblazer' graphic novels by DC Comics the 27 year old actress, who plays Nora Gainesborough in the HBO's sexy vampire series 'True Blood', is due to play the daughter of Constantine's dead friend. 'Lost' and '28 Weeks Later' star Harold Perrineau has also joined the cast. The occult detective himself will be played by Welsh actor Matt Ryan. Both Ryan and Griffiths previously starred together in British crime mini-series 'Collision' back in 2009. David S. Goyer ('Batman Begins') and Daniel Cerone ('The Mentalist') will exec produce the new show and 'The Descent' director Neil Marshall is due to helm the pilot episode. »
There are some actors who define the action genre. Actors whose steely gaze can make villains tremble; who could blow up a tank with a single flex of their bicep. And then there are the other types: those who came out of nowhere – those who you would sooner expect in a teen comedy or a cheesy romance than a rip-roaring, explosion-packed extravaganza.
So remember that Tom Hardy forged himself into a human wrecking ball for Warrior and The Dark Knight Rises, but before that he was a skinny beanpole who wouldn’t have a chance against Alfred in a street fight (let alone Batman). Before Jason Statham turned himself into a rinse-and-repeat action megastar, he was a diver and a model.. and although he was entertaining in Lock, Stock, he wasn’t exactly the picture of an action hero.
So here is a tribute to the latter. Here »
- Mike Revell
Some quick casting news has arrived for NBC's "Constantine" series as The Wrap is reporting that Harold Perrineau (“Lost”), Lucy Griffiths (“True Blood”), and Charles Halford (“True Detective”) have joined the graphic novel pilot.
Perrineau (pictured), who played the role of Michael Dawson on ABC's “Lost” and recently appeared in FX's “Sons of Anarchy,” has been cast as series regular Manny. The network describes the character as an authoritative figure assigned to watch over Constantine (series star Matt Ryan).
Griffiths will play the role of Liv, Constantine's partner with supernatural abilities. She most recently starred in the sixth season of HBO's “True Blood” as Nora Gainesborough. “True Detective's” Charles Halford has been cast as Chas, Constantine's oldest friend and staunch companion with possible supernatural survival skills.
Constantine is described as a working-class Londoner with rakish good looks, scruffy blond hair, deadpan humor, and signature trench coat, who »
- Uncle Creepy
Out of the Furnace hits on Blu-Ray March 11th, and I’ve got a copy available for you to win. With all the hype surrounding awards season, and Christian Bale’s other film, American Hustle, his earlier release hasn’t received a lot of attention recently. Because it hits so close to the Academy Awards show, I wanted to make sure it doesn’t slip by unnoticed.
We didn’t give it the best rating when we reviewed this one on the podcast, but it has a lot that makes it worth watching. Mainly, Bale’s acting, but the rest of the cast does a solid job as well. You may already know that I’m a big fan of Bale’s, and this is a film that really offers up good reason to be. Even in a film that didn’t blow me away, he is still impressive to watch. »
- Marc Eastman
YouTube comedy animators How It Should Have Ended have released their latest animated video, which makes a pretty good case for what Batman *should* have done during the climactic sequence of Batman Begins. Granted, it wouldn't make for such an exciting climax, but it would've been a whole lot safer.
Watch the video below...
Someone really needs to make an Arkham Asylum sitcom. »
- Oliver Davis
While The Dark Knight gets most of the love from fanboys and The Dark Knight Rises gets all the hate, I feel like sometimes people forget about Batman Begins. Personally I think it's the best live-action portrayal of the vigilante, but even I had to laugh a few times while watching How It Should Have Ended's latest video for Christopher Nolan's first Batman film. In their new video, Hishe has some fun with a couple of scenes from Batman Begins, including Batman »
- Jesse Giroux
Every year, Jimmy Kimmel gives us a gift: a hilarious post-Oscars skit. This year, he gave us several skits of famous movies crossed with some of YouTube's most popular videos. The first one had us rolling on the floor with laughter: "Bitman Begins," starring Chris and Liam Hemsworth. It's Batman Begins plus "Charlie Bit Me," and it is perfect. Take a look at Kimmel's version - starring the Hemsworths, Meryl Streep, and Tom Hanks - and the original video. Here's the original video: »
- Maggie Pehanick
The thriller opened to an estimated $30m this weekend, bringing the computer-animated movie's three-week run at number one to an end.
Neeson stars as Us federal air marshal Bill Marks, who is faced with a potential hostage situation during a flight from New York to London.
However, the biblical movie's performance falls short of The Passion of the Christ, which earned over $26m on its first day.
The Lego Movie is down to number three with $21m »
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- Justin Vactor
Calling all cave-dwelling billionaires who dabble in crime fighting: the Batmobile is for sale.A road-ready replica of the Dark Knight's vehicle, similar to the Tumbler used on the set of Christopher Nolan's Batman Begins starring Christian Bale, has gone on sale for a cool $1 million - mere couch change for lonely tycoons.The custom-built Batmobile replica, which is for sale on the James Edition luxury goods website, features everything a caped crusader needs in a vehicle - including automatic transmission, 44" super swamper tires with custom rims, five driver assist cameras, double den stereo with blue tooth, CD/DVD, »
- Melissa Locker
Whilst undeniably in his element as troubled air marshal Bill Marks, there is more to Neeson than the action tough guy that he has become so well-loved for following thrillers such as Taken and Unknown.
The Northern Irish actor has a back catalogue heaving with strong films and has played such a diverse variety of characters you can be forgiven for forgetting it's him on screen.
To help jog your memory, we at Digital Spy have picked Liam Neeson's five best movie roles below:
Schindler's List (1993)
Neeson took on the lead role of Oskar Schindler in perhaps one of the most acclaimed films of all time. Known to reduce even the toughest soul to tears, Schindler's List explores the true story of Schindler, »
A street-legal replica of the Batmobile Tumbler has gone on sale online.
A version of the vehicle used in The Dark Knight is available to purchase for a mere $1 million (£599,269) on James Edition.
The Dark Knight Rises: The Batmobile Tumbler's secrets unveiled
The creators state that the car features an LS1 motor with a custom-built frame, chassis and driveline.
It is an automatic vehicle, with four 44" swamper tires with custom rims, custom cut windows, two seats, five driver-assist cameras, a Bluetooth stereo with CD/DVD and iPod integration, and Gps.
There are only five such Tumblers in the world, the creators added.
However, it does not include any rocket launchers or other gadgets built by Wayne Enterprises and Lucius Fox.
Photo gallery - a history of the Batmobile: »
Somewhere, a deep-pocketed fanboy is pondering a very big splurge. A roadworthy replica of the "Tumbler" Batmobile from Christopher Nolan's Batman Begins starring Christian Bale has gone on sale for $1 million. Photos: Batmobiles, Gremlins and 'Matrix' Villains: Inside Warner Bros.' Chamber of Secrets In a listing appearing on the James Edition luxury goods website, the seller states: "We have built this insane vehicle to be street legal, however, please understand that this is not a daily driver!" The concept car's specs include an automatic transmission and an eight-cylinder LS1 engine, with a custom built frame, chassis and
- Patrick Brzeski
I still remember taking a chance on the original Tomb Raider back in 1996. There was nothing else like it then, and traversing through barren and spooky environments brought as many chills as the game delivered thrills.
The gameplay might have been punishing (I have seen no other video game character die as often and as brutally as Lara Croft), but when you finally figured out how to make that jump—well, no other game was as rewarding then.
Tomb Raider was awesome, and the combination of exploration and infrequent bursts of action hooked me. Even once the original developer, Core, began to buckle beneath the pressure of churning out annual adventures (culminating with 2003’s disastrous Angel of Darkness), I remained loyal. I wasn’t exactly sad to see Core go, however, because 2006’s Tomb Raider: Legend was a near-perfect reinvention. Lara’s new developer, Crystal Dynamics, removed the archaic »
- Matt Serafini
Part tank, part Lamborghini, the Tumbler first introduced in Batman Begins is 100% badass. James Edition is selling not just one, but five of these street legal replicas.
Description from the seller: “This concept vehicle features an LS1 motor with a custom built frame, chassis and drive line. It has an automatic transmission, dually rear end featuring Four 44" super swamper tires with custom rims! It has a custom cut windows, seating for two, 5 driver assist cameras, Double den stereo with blue tooth, CD/DVD, Ipod integration for all of your entertainment needs. This vehicle also features Gps Navigation worldwide as well as a custom interior. It is a limited edition of only 5 worldwide! We have built this insane vehicle to be street legal however please understand that this is not a daily driver!”
I’m not sure if $1 million dollars is a low or high price, because it’s the freaking Batmobile! »
- Free Reyes
This weekend might belong to the Oscars, but that doesn't mean that brand-new product can't also enter the multiplexes.
This week's biggest contestant for the box office gold, "Non-Stop," is a thriller set aboard a hijacked airplane... not exactly the kind of thing that's nominated for the prestigious Oscars (at least, not anymore -- keep in mind that "Airport" was nominated for Best Picture in 1971). Still, what it lacks in giant issues, social commentary, and emotional resonance, it more than makes up for with the fact that Liam Neeson screams at a bunch of people and tries to solve a truly dastardly murder/hijacking plot.
Neeson plays an alcoholic air marshal who, while on a transatlantic flight to London, starts receiving threatening text messages. It's up to Neeson to pinpoint who, exactly, is behind these texts (and all of the things that go along with the text messages) and for »
- Drew Taylor
It’s common knowledge that while the Oscar often tout rewarding the best in film, that the notion of what’s best is entirely subjective, depending on the voter. So when trying to make informed Oscar decisions, one has to look past subjective thoughts and search for the trends. One of the major trends that has been appearing has been the success of films with heavy visual effects or 3D in the cinematography category. With Emmanuel Lubezki all but on stage to accept the Oscar in cinematography, it was worth taking a look at the category’s evolution.
There have always been epic films or movies that have had some visual effects that have competed in, and won cinematography Oscars. Yet after Titanic won 11 Oscars, including Cinematography, there seems to have been a wave of films that have relied on visual effects to tell their tale succeeding in this category. »
- Terence Johnson
Appearing online at James Edition - Luxury Marketplace, this incredible Batman replica can be yours for a paltry $1 million. And while the boot space probably leaves a lot to be desired, it's practically perfect to strike fear into the hearts of parents doing the school run. "Inspired by the movie 'Batman Begins'," says the sales pitch… but it's a little more than inspired. Sporting that hefty, urban combat look, it's practically identical to batman's latest vehicle of choice. And while it doesn't come with the usual front-firing machine guns and rocket launchers, it does have a few nice extras. Check out the official car description below! This concept vehicle features an LS1 motor with a custom built frame, chassis and drive line. It has an automatic transmission, dually rear end featuring Four 44" super swamper tires with custom rims! It has a custom cut windows, seating for two, 5 driver »
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