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We don't officially have a category for "swag", but this falls into that classification. As a big space nerd and sci-fi lover, I can't help but share this nifty bit of swag from Comic-Con that I picked up today. During the Paramount panel yesterday, where they surprised fans in Hall H by bringing out Interstellar director Christopher Nolan and Matthew McConaughey (read our full recap of that panel), the studio handed out tickets to be redeemed for a "prize". That prize? The mission patch from Interstellar, for the "Endurance" Space Exploration mission. It's small piece of swag, it's nerdy, but it's also kind of awesome. In full below. Here's the mission patch that was handed as a prize for those who were at Paramount's Comic-Con panel. Recap our coverage of Interstellar at Comic-Con here, including quotes from Nolan and McConaughey. Interstellar is directed by British filmmaker Christopher Nolan, of the films Doodlebug, »
- Alex Billington
Christopher Nolan unveiled some of Interstellar at Comic-Con yesterday. The director making his debut appearance at the con, addressed the surprised masses in Hall H “I heard a lot about this being the place where people are most passionate about pop culture and movies. I thought it would be fun to come down and see what all the fuss is about.” Much to the delight of attendees, Nolan unveiled the latest trailer, which is unreleased as of yet, but according to reports it gives alot more of the story and possible alien landscapes were shown. The Batman Begins director also told the crowd “I grew up in a time when to be an astronaut was the highest ambition. The idea that we’d keep exploring space, pushing farther and farther out, seemed inevitable. I felt that had fallen off greatly over the past couple of decades. I really like the »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Vic Barry)
Set to close the 39th edition of the Toronto International Film Festival is the sophomore directorial effort of Alan Rickman who is best known for being the source of villainy in Die Hard (1988) and Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991). “It is a great privilege for A Little Chaos to have its world premiere in Toronto and for it to be given the Festival’s closing night Gala, but it is also a very personal pleasure,” stated Rickman. “I have filmed in the city, visited often, and some of my closest friends live there. It will be like coming home.”
The historical drama stars Kate Winslet as Sabine De Barra an unconventional landscaper who is tasked with designing one of the fountains at The Palace of Versailles while contending with uncooperative weather, rivalries at the court of Louis Xiv and her own personal demons. Performing alongside Winslet are Stanley Tucci, Alan Rickman and Matthias Schoenaerts. »
- Trevor Hogg
The first few pages of Frank Miller's script for the shelved Batman: Year One have a disturbed Bruce Wayne waking up from chronic nightmares, some nameless prostitutes being slapped around by their pimp, and Jim Gordon putting a gun in his mouth.
You can see why Warner Bros didn't ultimately go for the project, which was to be helmed by Darren Aronofsky and would have rewritten the Bat mythology even more radically than Miller already had in his comic book arc of the same name.
"Our take was to infuse the Batman franchise with a dose of reality," Aronofsky has said, citing The French Connection and Taxi Driver among his influences. "We tried to ask that eternal question, 'What does it take for a real man to put on tights and fight crime?'" It's an approach not far from the one ultimately taken by Christopher Nolan in Batman Begins, »
Update: Add the X-Men: The Adamantium Collection (Limited Collector's Edition) Blu-ray to the mix as it is on sale for $100 off at $99.99. The set includes all six X-Men films on Blu-ray -- X-Men (2000), X2 (2003), X-Men: The Last Stand (2006), X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009), X-Men: First Class (2011) and The Wolverine (2013) -- in exclusive "claw" packaging, plus a bonus disc. Click here top pick it up. Amazon has a little DC Comics and Marvel movie sale today, offering the The Dark Knight Blu-ray trilogy and Man of Steel Collectible Figurine Limited Edition Gift Set Blu-ray at a massive discount, not to mention 69% off the "Wonder Woman: The Complete Collection". Topping it off, you can also get 70% off a Marvel Blu-ray bundle as well as 59% off the "Doctor Who: The Doctors Revisited 1-11 Bundle" First off, the The Dark Knight Blu-ray trilogy includes Batman Begins, The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises plus »
- Brad Brevet
In some alternate universe, Warner Bros. and DC’s 2006 Superman Returns was an extension of their 2005 reboot Batman Begins, ushering in a new interconnected movie universe ahead of Marvel Studios. That didn’t happen, of course. Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy exists as an Elseworlds-type of self-contained story, standing apart from the newly established DC Movie Universe created by last year’s Superman reboot, Man of Steel.
Marvel, in contrast, patiently and carefully built up their own universe, starting with Iron Man (2008), peaking commercially with the 2012 Superhero All-Star Jam The Avengers, which was then augmented by the ABC television series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Now that DC and Warner Bros. is continuing their Man of Steel world-building with Batman v Superman: Dawn ...
Click to continue reading Geoff Johns: DC Movie & TV Universes Will Be ‘Separate’
- Anthony Vieira
Amazon has a number of great Blu-ray deals and I’ve grabbed the highlights and linked them below. As always, only limited quantities available so act fast. Details below. Man of Steel Collectible Figurine Limited Edition Gift Set (Blu-ray + DVD + Ultra Violet Combo) - $14.99 (75% off) The Dark Knight Trilogy (Batman Begins / The Dark Knight / The Dark Knight Rises) [Blu-ray] - $38.99 (61% off) Wonder Woman: The Complete Collection - $36.99 (68% off) Doctor Who: The Doctors Revisited 1-11 Bundle - $51.99 (59% off) Marvel Bundle (The Wolverine, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, X-Men, X-Men 2, X-Men 3, X-Men First Class, Fantastic Four, Fantastic Four 2, Daredevil, Elektra) [Blu-ray] - $64.99 (68% off) The Wolverine (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD with UltraViolet) - $9.99 (75% off) The Raid: Redemption [Blu-ray] - $9.99 (50% off) [Note: Collider earns a small referral fee when our readers purchase something on Amazon through one of our links. The money generated helps pay our staff and keep the site running. Thank you for reading and supporting Collider.]
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
10. Aquaman #35 - Paul Pelletier The shocking truth is revealed: The tomb of Aquaman’s mother is empty! But there’s something sinister about this development that will change Arthur’s life forever! 9. Batman #35 - Greg Capullo From the superstar creative team that brought you a new start to the Caped Crusader comes the story that could end him. Be there in October for the biggest, deadliest and most epic story yet from writer Scott Snyder and artist Greg Capullo – “Batman: Endgame” begins here! 8. Earth 2 #27 - Gary Frank World’s End is here! Everything the Wonders of Earth 2 have fought for stands to be destroyed. Be here as their powers are tested and hard choices are made! 7. Batman And Robin #35 - Chris Burnham “Robin Rises” continues as Batman begins his trek on Apokolips to recover his son’s body. But will he walk alone? 6. Batman/Superman #15 - Jae Lee »
For this week’s quiz we were going to tie in to the release of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes by keeping it simple with one question: what the hell happened at the end of the 2001 reboot? But hey, even Tim Burton couldn’t answer that one, so instead, with the San Diego Comic Con-International on the horizon we’ve decided it’s high time we tested your knowledge of superhero movies. So, if you’re feeling confident, take the quiz below and see how many of the 25 superhero movies you can name – and don’t forget to share your score for all to see…
Question 2 Watchmen Minutemen Justice League
Question 5 The Fantastic Four Fantastic Four Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer
Question 6 Superman: The Movie »
- Gary Collinson
Chronicle director Josh Trank’s The Fantastic Four reboot is one of the most mysterious comic book movies coming down the pipeline. Outside of its cast – which includes Miles Teller as Reed Richards, Kata Mara as the Invisible Woman/Sue Storm, Michael B. Jordan as her brother Johnny/the Human Torch, Jamie Bell as The Thing, and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes‘ Toby Kebbell as Doctor Doom – we know nothing about the plot or direction that the film will take. We’ve heard several rumblings that it will be “more grounded,” akin to something like Batman Begins, and tell a coming-of-age story… but that could be said about almost any major reboot that’s in development.
In a new interview with Esquire Mexico, Mara spoke a bit about Trank’s direction on the film, and how she feels about playing the iconic superheroine:
“I don’t feel more »
- James Garcia
The upcoming reboot of the “The Fantastic Four” movie has been described by the screenwriter, Simon Kinberg as “real, gritty and grounded.” The writer/producer even said the Josh Trank-directed movie was akin to “Batman Begins.” Now if you know the original “Fantastic Four” movies with Chris Evans and Jessica Alba, you know those films are nothing like “Batman Begins.” They’re much more in line with the comic—a bit goofy, broad and silly (which is why Tim Story’s movies might be terrible, but they were in the spirit of the comics). So more and more, “The Fantastic Four” movie that 20th Century Fox is putting on for 2015 sounds like a massive reinvention. For one, Johnny Storm, aka The Human Torch, won’t be a Caucasian, he’ll be played by African-American actor Michael B. Jordan. In a feature titled “How The 'Fantastic Four' Reboot Might Be Changing Canon, »
- Edward Davis
There are a lot of "what ifs" in the movie business. There are so many options when it comes to casting actors to play characters in movies. Superhero films are huge right now, and I love most of the actors that studios have cast to play these badass characters. Christian Bale as Batman, Andrew Garfield aa Spider-Man, Henry Cavill as Superman, Hugh Jackman as Wolverine, and Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man are just a few of many. But these characters could have easily been played by other actors. It's hard to imagine that now since we're already invested in what's in front of our eyes.
I've come up with a list of actors who almost played some of these superheroes. You may already know about some of the close calls on the list, you may not, but when I was researching for this article there were a few things I didn't know before, »
- Joey Paur
Sneak Peek "Batman Begins" actor Christian Bale as the Egyptian-trained, Hebrew warrior 'Moses', in the first trailer from "Exodus: Gods and Kings", directed by Ridley Scott ("Gladiator"), written by Bill Collage, Adam Cooper and Steven Zaillian, also starring Joel Edgerton, John Turturro, Aaron Paul, Sigourney Weaver ("Avatar") and Ben Kingsley ("Iron Man 3"):
"...Bale stars as "Moses' and Edgerton is 'Rhamses' filming in the Spanish towns of Almería and Pechina with 4000 extras with another 2000 extras filming in Fuerteventura. Director Scott shot additional footage in Pájara and Antigua..."
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Exodus: Gods and Kings"...
- Michael Stevens
Authorities say Harry Potter actor Dave Legeno has died from heatstroke in California's Death Valley. He was 50. Legeno played the werewolf Fenrir Greyback in three Harry Potter films. The brawny British actor also appeared in Snow White and the Huntsman and Batman Begins. The Inyo County Sheriff's Department says hikers found Legeno's body Sunday morning in a remote area of the desert park. Legeno's manager, Rick Bassman, confirmed his death on Friday. County Deputy Coroner Jason Molinar says Legeno's body was partially decomposed and may have been lying for days in triple-digit heat. There was no sign of foul play. »
- Associated Press
Sad news today for Harry Potter fans. Character actor and martial artist Dave Legeno, best known for playing the werewolf Fenrir Greyback in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1 and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2, was found dead in Death Valley. He passed away at age 50.
The actor is believed to have succumbed to a heart-related incident. Inyo County Sheriff's Department reports that Dave Legeno was found Sunday morning by joggers, and his body had to be airlifted out of a remote section of Death Valley near Zabriskie Point. The area is known for its harsh climates, which can sometimes reach as high as 120 degrees Fahrenheit in the months of July and August.
No evidence of foul play has been reported by the Sheriff's department.
London native Dave Legeno began his career working on construction sites while training to become a wrestler. »
David Legeno, an English actor and mixed martial artist best known for his villainous role in the “Harry Potter” films, was found dead in Death Valley on Sunday morning. He was 50.
The Inyo County Sheriff’s Department was notified on the morning of July 6 by two unrelated hikers who found the remains below Death Valley’s Manly Beacon, near Zabriskie Point. A helicopter was sent out to transport the body, later identified as Legeno.
Officials of Inyo Country report that Legeno died of “heat-related issues,” likely on a hiking outing. An autopsy has yet to be performed.
Legeno took up boxing and wrestling at the age of 42, known in the United Kingdom as The Enforcer. He used his talents in many action films such as “Snatch” and “Batman Begins.” He received wider attention for his role in the “Harry Potter” franchise as Fenrir Greyback, a werewolf who hunts down Harry »
- Sebastian Torrelio
Harry Potter actor Dave Legeno has died at the age of 50.
The British star, who played werewolf Fenrir Greyback in the film franchise, was found by hikers in a remote area of California's Death Valley on Sunday (July 6).
According to TMZ, it is thought that Legeno had been hiking in the national park himself when he came into difficulties.
The area is notorious for its extremely high temperatures during the summer months, and Inyo County Sheriff's Department has indicated in its initial reports that they believe the actor died of heat-related issues. A coroner's investigation is pending.
He is survived by his daughter Wendy. »
Harry Potter's Dave Legeno Dies
Legeno was discovered on a trail in Death Valley by two hikers Sunday. It is believed that Legeno’s body may have been there for three to four days before the hikers came upon it. The Inyo Country Sheriff’s Department in California revealed Legeno likely died of heart-related issues to TMZ.
In Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Parts 1 and 2, Legeno played villainous werewolf Fenrir Greyback. Greyback was responsible for turning Remus Lupin, Bill Weasley and countless other innocents in werewolves.
Dave Legeno as Fenrir Greyback
• Oscar winner Rachel Weisz (The Constant Gardner) may join Michael Fassbender (12 Years A Slave) in Dreamworks’ The Light Between Oceans based on the M.L. Stedman novel. Derek Cianfrance (Blue Valentine) is directing the film about a lighthouse keeper and his wife who raise 2-month-old baby after finding it in a rowboat next to a dead body. [The Wrap]
• Fifty Shades of Grey’s Dakota Johnson will star in Forever, Interrupted, another book-to-film adaptation. The debut novel from Taylor Jenkins Reid tells the story of a young woman who forms a relationship with the mother she never knew after her whirlwind marriage is cut short. »
- Jake Perlman
We take a light-hearted look at a few of the more strange coincidences and quirks of fate in recent cinema history...
Stories are often built on coincidences and happenstance. Chance encounters at railway stations. Bruce Willis bumping into Ving Rhames while he's out and about in his Honda in Pulp Fiction. But what about those weird patterns we see in our everyday reality, or, more to the point, in cinema history?
When Batman Begins came out, it was widely noted that Christian Bale had already played an unfathomably rich man with a secret double life before, in Mary Harron's adaptation of American Psycho. Bale's character, Patrick Bateman, even has a surname that's basically Batman with an 'e' added to it.
Those are the kinds of strange quirks of fate we're looking at here. If you have any of your own, do share them in the comments section.
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