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For a lot of people, the best and most exciting part of any comic book movie are the villains. And why not? Unlike the heroes, villains aren’t bound by rules, morals or obligation – they do whatever they want, when then they want to do it. And aside from usually being gifted with awesome abilities like super intelligence or super strength, comic book villains are almost aways of the eccentric kind. Whereas heroes have to play into the light, presenting themselves in a serious or stoic manner, a villain gets to play into the shadows: weird, quirky or just batsh*t crazy.
Since the early 2000s, cinema has gifted us with an elite smörgåsbord of brilliantly-realised villains, all of whom have been played memorably by a variety of talented actors: from Heath Ledger to Ben Kingsley, Kevin Spacey to Michael Shannon, these performers have relished the chance to »
Trevor Hogg chats with Kel Symons about movies, comic books and submerging himself with an swashbuckling tale…
“My mother was an Rn, and my father was a lawyer,” states Kel Symons. “Though I think my dad semi-secretly wished he’d become a writer; I know he was a huge movie fan and helped inform my taste for the same. My brother played music for a while, and did some acting, but mostly in high school. I’m told one of my uncles on my mother’s side wrote and directed local theatre, but I don’t really know them.” The object of affection for Betty and Veronica as well as the space opera staring Luke Skywalker were part of the childhood reading repertoire. “I wasn’t really allowed to read superhero comics growing up. I could only read stuff like Archie & Jughead, Richie Rich, and Scrooge McDuck – that sort of thing. »
- Trevor Hogg
“Transcendence,” which is rated “PG-13” and opens on April 17, 2014, also stars an all-star cast including Rebecca Hall, Morgan Freeman, Paul Bettany, Cillian Murphy, Kate Mara, Cole Hauser and Cory Hardrict from director Wally Pfister, writer Jack Paglen and executive producer Christopher Nolan (“Batman Begins,” “The Dark Knight,” “Inception,” “The Dark Knight Rises”).
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2005 and 2007′s Fantastic Four movies which starred the likes of Jessica Alba and Chris Evans haven’t gone down in history as one of the greatest superhero films around. To most people the first film is barely memorable but that’s isn’t surprising considering it came out the same summer as the mighty Batman Begins. Heck it wasn’t even the most memorable Alba movie released, as Sin City burst onto screens during the same season.
The lack of critical success hasn’t stopped the studios from taking the film down the reboot road with Chronicles Josh Trank at the helm. Most fans were pretty pleased when this director accepted the job as Chronicle is one of the most original films of the last decade or so. It didn’t take long for him to get backs up though with the controversial casting of Michael B Jordan in the role of The Human Torch, »
- Kat Smith
Apparently I haven't been reading enough rumor rags as the possibility of the currently "Untitled Superman-Batman Project" (aka Batman vs. Superman) actually ending up being titled Justice League is speculation that's been floating around for a while now. Of course, with both Batman (Ben Affleck), Superman (Henry Cavill) and Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) being in it with rumors of The Flash and others perhaps having cameos this makes total sense. It also means Warner Bros. and DC are looking at the Marvel model and have determined they might not want to explicitly copy their path to success. In an interview with IGN, screenwriter David S. Goyer (Batman vs. Superman, Man of Steel, Batman Begins) says as much telling the site, "I know that Warner Bros. would love to make their universe more cohesive. There have been a lot of general conversations about that, but it's really, really early. I'm not sure. »
- Brad Brevet
It’s a half-hearted pun that many have made since last August, when the title and basic premise of Nolan’s latest film was first announced. With a November release date set, and only the most teasing of teaser trailers put forward, little is known of the project beyond its startlingly starry cast. Anticipation couldn’t be more feverish, an indicator just how much the English filmmaker has grown in the 14 years since Memento, his first cinematic effort and instant classic. In many ways, he has replaced the listless Ridley Scott as one of the movie business’ most exciting exponents, his every release dripping in not just hype but substantial promise.
He may have lost essential and trusted cinematographer Wally Pfister, who has enjoyed Transcendence into the realms of directing himself (another half hearted word play), but this has not diminished Nolan as a force. »
- Scott Patterson
Long time collaborator Hans Zimmer, who has worked with Nolan on all of his films since "Batman Begins," has one of the most integral jobs on the film - composing the film's score. He's one of the most crucial members of the crew.
Speaking with British GQ (via Wdef), Zimmer says even he wasn't allowed to see a copy of the script before beginning work on the project:
"All I will say is this: before I began, last January, Chris said to me, 'Hans, I will write one page of text for you. And you will give me just one day. Just write whatever comes to you from this one single page.'
It (the page) wasn't about the film... in a peculiar way, what Chris wrote down that day, »
- Garth Franklin
With seven films as Wolverine under Hugh Jackman’s belt, talk of passing the torch to a new, younger actor is inevitable. “It would be a little weird [seeing someone else as Wolverine],” Jackman told Yahoo! while promoting X-Men: Days of Future Past. But the actor conceded, “I know it’s going to happen.” Jackman also offered up who he thought would have made a good younger version of the character:
“Originally, when I played it [first], when he was alive God rest his sole [sic], I thought Heath Ledger could be a good young version of [Wolverine].”
Ledger, Jackman’s fellow Aussie, passed away in 2008. Ledger earned a posthumous Academy Award for his portrayal of the Joker in The Dark Knight. I think most people would agree that Ledger’s ability to transform himself would have made him suitable for almost any role.
Looking back at the late actor’s diverse list of credits, however, I’m »
- Eli Reyes
This week sees the 75th anniversary of Batman. Having appeared for the first time in 1939 as part of Detective Comics, the Caped Crusader has so far survived some woeful creative decisions, multiple deaths, several ill-conceived tonal shifts as well as an army of rogues hell-bent on killing him to become arguably the most enduring comic book icon in the history of the medium.
Without so much as a superpower, Batman is the most relatable of all heroes, marked by tragedy and defined both by a fundamental need to protect his people, and to wipe out the culture of crime. He might not be the white knight that Superman represents to Metropolis, but he is the hero that Gotham needs, and the one that millions of comic book fans want.
Over 75 years, the highlights have been as varied and as engaging as Bob Kane could ever have conceivably imagined »
- Simon Gallagher
With rumours flying about a new Indiana Jones and Disney reportedly closing in on their final choices for Jj Abrams' Star Wars: Episode VII, the Hollywood casting machine is operating at an even higher temperature than usual.
You'll be familiar with some of these near-misses, but others are frankly astonishing. Which rapper almost took Matt Damon's role in Elysium? Which former Friends star was the first choice to front Men in Black? And why is Leonardo DiCaprio Christian Bale's nemesis? Read on...
Al Pacino - Star Wars
Pacino revealed during a Q&A session last year that the role of roguish smuggler Han Solo was "his for the taking" back in the '70s, but he turned it down because he didn't understand the script. Harrison Ford made the role iconic and ended up having his own issues with Lucas's script, famously telling the director "You can type this s**t, »
Feature Mark Harrison 1 Apr 2014 - 05:47
Following new Captain America and Muppets movies, Mark looks at the challenges facing a second movie...
This article is spoiler-free, but it may contain some plot details about Muppets Most Wanted and Captain America: The Winter Soldier that you may not want to know if you haven't already seen those films, so proceed carefully.
The sophomore slump is a trend observed in academic study, whereby a decline in morale in second-year students can be linked to new stressors, and disaffection with what previously seemed new.
Its equivalent in the music industry would be the term “difficult second album”, which gets bandied around a lot, largely projecting audience anticipation onto an artist who has enjoyed a successful début, and now has the world snapping at their heels for an equally well-received follow-up.
And, in a film industry where brand-led tentpoles are becoming dominant, the enthusiasm »
Mattick's great-grandfather, Harry Colebourn, bought an orphaned bear cub in Ontario as he was about to be posted to Europe during Wwi. Nicknaming the animal Winnie because Colebourn came from Winnipeg, he took the cub to England where she served as the mascot for his regiment.
Colebourn was posted to France, so he left her in the care of London Zoo. It's there that author A. A. Milne encountered her and came up with the classic character. Ratner will produce the story, though the project is in very early stages at present.
- Garth Franklin
Aside from forcing expensive technical advancements on consumers (3D, 48fps, Matthew McConaughey’s acting ability), there’s nothing Hollywood loves more than franchises.
And it’s easy to understand why. For all their rallying against how unimaginative the film industry is, audiences never seem happier than with the safety of a familiar story. The general thinking to be why chance your hard earned cash on some unknown when there’s another Expendables to see; the first two may be rubbish, but at least we know what we’re getting. It may be stifling when every other release feels like it’s a sequel, but it’s yet to stop the box office ticking over.
It wasn’t that long ago when sequels were regarded very differently. Rather than bigger and hopefully better, it was cheaper and hopefully not that much worse. Film series didn’t escalate to massive payoffs, »
- Alex Leadbeater
Anghus Houvouras on the rules of the reboot....
So many comic books are being brought to the big screen that it feels almost critical that they evolve beyond origin stories and break free from the tyranny of their genre. The danger of all these comic book films has always been a vicious cycle of release, relapse, and reboot. Allow me to explain.
The cycle starts with the release of a comic book film. In the past, fans had waited 10, 20, 30 years or more for their favorite characters to get the big screen treatment. There was a ridiculous amount of goodwill stored up and fans were extremely forgiving. Just seeing the comic book icons of their youth on the big screen was a thrill they never thought they would achieve.
The comic book movie is a hit. Now the studio rolls a sequel into production. More often than not, the »
- Gary Collinson
Jupiter Jones (Kunis) was born under a night sky, with signs predicting that she was destined for great things.
Now grown, Jupiter dreams of the stars but wakes up to the cold reality of a job cleaning other people’s houses and an endless run of bad breaks. Only when Caine (Tatum), a genetically engineered ex-military hunter, arrives on Earth to track her down does Jupiter begin to glimpse the fate that has been waiting for her all along—her genetic signature marks her as next in line for an extraordinary inheritance that could alter the balance of the cosmos.
- Michelle McCue
It’s no secret that Christopher Nolan kept his distance from the fanboys during the making of his “The Dark Knight” trilogy, never once stopping by the infamous San Diego Comic-Con or doing much in the way of pandering to the geek audience. In a recent interview with Spinoff Online (via Slashfilm), “Batman Begins” co-writer David Goyer revealed himself to be simpatico with the chilly auteur. No doubt still feeling burned by the response to “Man Of Steel,” Goyer told the site that he doesn’t much care for fanboy complaints or “internet chatter” saying: “You’re dealing with an incredibly vocal but incredibly tiny sort of [group]. That’s a mistake that I think a lot of networks and movie studios make, is sort of listening too much to [them]. I mean, it’s important to listen to the fan chatter but you’re really talking about a tiny, tiny, tiny »
- Cain Rodriguez
I said this in my X-Men article, and I’ll say it here. Read The Article Before Commenting, Especially If You Are Trying To Troll. I hate reiterating that, but I’ll have to from now on for my controversial editorials. I loved The Dark Knight trilogy. I consider it to be one epic, amazing overlapping film. I love how interwoven and grand the story is, and how much thought was put into the intentions of the characters. I will break it down on into several different topics, so enjoy! Themes: Each chapter in the sage had a main Theme. Batman Begins fear, The Dark Knight corruption, The Dark Knight Rises, well, rising. I’ll break it down by each film: Batman Begins main theme was fear. Almost everyone in the film used it. It was used to further the characters agenda. It was also apparent in the plot. Batman »
Iceland is a popular shooting location for major films. It's played host to Batman Begins, Prometheus, Thor: The Dark World, and many more. Now it could be a location for Star Wars: Episode VII. According Icelandic site visir.is [via Metro News], "the crew will be heading for the Scandinavian nation this spring ahead of the main production kicking off in May." The site also notes that this filming will mostly be landscape shots, and presumably they'll be recreated on set with green screen and set design. Given Iceland's terrain, there's some speculation that it could stand-in for the ice planet Hoth, but that's firmly a rumor at this point. Hit the jump for a brief recap of what we know about the movie thus far. Star Wars: Episode VII opens in regular theaters and in IMAX on December 18, 2015. Last week, we reported that Episode VII will take place 30 years after the events of Return of the Jedi, »
- Matt Goldberg
All things considered, Batman and Robin might well be the worst movie of all time. Recall the visually jarring sets, the giddy, hyperactive performances, the onslaught of never-ending puns (oh, God – the puns!), and there’s enough awfulness inherent to every one of its putrid frames to argue a case that nothing – nothing – will ever be quite as bad. Because Batman and Robin, after all, was the movie that turned the Dark Knight into a certified joke – a smarmy, credit card-wielding jerk who cared less about avenging the deaths of his parents and more about partying down. Given its standing as the sequel that drew a close on Batman’s cinematic legacy, then, it seems like a no-brainer to wish it had never been made. »
ABC is currently seeking talent for its pilot, “Dangerous Liaisons,” starring Katie Holmes (“Dawson’s Creek,” “Batman Begins”), and written by Richard Lagravenese (“Behind the Candelabra”). Submissions are welcome from the NYC area, and the pilot will shoot March 27 in NYC. Professional pay will be provided. For more details, check out the casting notice for “Dangerous Liaisons” here, and be sure to check out the rest of our audition listings! »
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