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20th Century Fox has released a new Fantastic Four poster for director Josh Trank’s (Chronicle) upcoming adaptation of the Marvel comic. What’s been clear from the very first teaser trailer is that Fox wants audiences to know that this new Fantastic Four is nothing like the previous two adaptations of the franchise. Whereas those were colorful and a bit more comic book-y in nature (the 2005 Fantastic Four came out the same year as Batman Begins, which would introduce the "gritty reboot" to the genre), Trank’s take is much more grounded, dark, and ominous. Indeed, Trank himself told us that the body horror films of David Cronenberg were a big influence on his vision for Fantastic Four, and that’s certainly clear in this new poster. The one-sheet gives us another look at the “team” image from the end of the film’s trailer, but this Fantastic Four poster features full CG effects, »
- Adam Chitwood
When Taken was released in 2008, it looked at first glance like a modestly budgeted, cleverly high concept, essentially throwaway thriller. The most noteworthy thing about it was its surprising star: Liam Neeson, he of the brooding mien, baritone brogue, and impressively varied acting résumé. Neeson was not a stranger to popcorn movies — he’d appeared in the Star Wars prequels and Batman Begins — but the former Oskar Schindler hardly seemed like anyone’s obvious heir to Schwarzenegger, Stallone, or Van Damme. Taken, however, was a huge, surprise hit, grossing roughly $150 million domestically, and soon, just like Die Hard before it, Taken had launched an action subgenre all its own. So what makes a Taken clone? In these films, an aging male superstar plays a world-weary former covert operative with a particular set of skills who’s pushed back into his former life by a child/spouse/dog being threatened/abducted/killed, »
- Adam Sternbergh
RelatedPilot Season ’15: Scoop on This Fall’s (Possible) New Shows, Who’s In Them
Justin Hires (Key and Peele) will play Carter, an “irreverent and wildly confident” Lapd detective whose “unorthodox methods” often land him in trouble with his higher-ups. He joins Jon Foo (Batman Begins), recently cast as Carter’s Hong Kong-born partner Lee.
Following the success of Taken in 2009, Liam Neeson carved out quite a niche for himself as an older action star. His career certainly careened down this path, with the iconic actor appearing in 9 more action-packed thrillers that includ The A-Team, The Next Three Days, Unknown, The Grey, Battleship, Taken 2, Non-Stop, A Walk Among the Tombstones and Taken 3. Now, on the eve of his latest 'geriaction' movie, as some have dubbed them, Liam Neeson has declared that he will stop making action movies in 2 years, if he is able to make it that far.
Good Morning America caught up with Liam Neeson to chat about this weekend's Run All Night, which may certainly leave some fans with a sense of deja vu, as it once again features the actor running with a gun as he sometimes screams into a cell phone. The 62 year-old confirms that his days as an action star are numbered though, »
Empire magazine recently asked its readers to vote for the greatest superhero film of all time. The magazine compiled the result and we now have the top thirty choices, with Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight" taking the top spot. Neither of "The Amazing Spider-Man" installments, "Iron Man 3," "The Incredible Hulk," "X-Men," "Spawn," or "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" made the list. Instead, there were plenty of surprises that made it into the top thirty like "Unbreakable," "The Incredibles," "The Crow" and "Chronicle." Check out the full list below and let us know if you agree with the results. 1. The Dark Knight 2. X2 3. Superman II 4. The Avengers 5. Superman 6. Spider-Man 2 7. Batman Returns 8. Unbreakable 9. Watchmen 10. Guardians of the Galaxy 11. The Incredibles 12. Blade 13. Captain America: The Winter Soldier 14. X-Men: Days of Future Past 15. Kick-Ass 16. Iron Man 17. The Crow 18. Hellboy II: The Golden Army 19. The Dark Knight Rises 20. Batman Begins 21. Batman 22. Spider-Man 23. Thor 24. X-Men: First Class »
Yesterday, it was announced that Sony Pictures is planning a second new Ghostbusters that will basically be shot alongside director Paul Feig's all-female reboot starring Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy. The movie was said to be all-male, with Channing Tatum producing and possibly starring and Captain America: Civil War directors Joe Russo and Anthony Russo at the helm. Well, according to Badass Digest, the initial report wasn't completely accurate. This will not be an 'all-male' adventure as previously reported, and it is part of an expanded universe that includes Paul Feig's female Ghostbusters and a possible prequel. And Guardians of the Galaxy star Chris Pratt will probably co-star with his longtime friend Channing Tatum.
Sources at Sony tell Badass Digest that, while the movie won't be 'guy-centric', it will have males in two of the leading roles, and that the movie spun out of the chemistry between Channing Tatum »
Warner Bros. Pictures
Heath Ledger’s Joker has, in the years since The Dark Knight proved so good the Oscars had to restructure the Best Picture award, become an undisputed icon, an emblem of how superhero cinema can go so far beyond men in silly costumes stage fighting. The scrawled on make-up, the Tom Waits-inflected voice and all the subtle little tics you only pick up on when watching the film for the thirtieth time; it’s a beautiful meeting of actor and material so completely realised it transcends the hype.
Of course, the now-definitive screen Clown Prince of Crime (best of luck to Jared Leto) didn’t just walk into Gotham fully formed. Ledger invested months in fully immersing himself in the character, starting before the Nolan brothers had even finished the script, shaping the character in as fundamental ways as the writers. Naturally that means quite a »
- Alex Leadbeater
Fans don’t want to see it. Studios try to avoid it. But sometimes a recast in the midst of a movie franchise is inevitable.
Whether it be a scheduling conflict, salary negotiations gone wrong, or even an unexpected death – we’re taking a look at six times a movie recast was too obvious to ignore.
1. James “Rhodey” Rhodes – The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Terrence Howard played James “Rhodey” Rhodes in 2008’s Iron Man. But a salary conflict stopped Terrence from returning for the sequel. Re-casting Don Cheadle as Rhodey for Iron Man 2 was a bit obvious, so Marvel made a light of it in the 2010 sequel. Cheadle’s first line: “Look, it’s me. I'm here. Deal with it. Let's move on.”
2. The Incredible Hulk – The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Foo’s previous credits include bit parts in the likes of Batman Begins and Universal Soldier: Regeneration, while he also starred as Jin Kazama in the Tekken movie, as well as Ryu in the acclaimed fan film Street Fighter: Legacy.
The Rush Hour pilot is being directed by Jon Turteltaub (National Treasure), while series Bill Lawrence (Scrubs) and Blake McCormick (Mad Men) write and executive producer alongside Rush Hour helmer Brett Ratner and producer Arthur Sarkissian.
- Gary Collinson
We return with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting the recent independent horror news sent our way. Today's feature includes screening details on Avenged and Serpent's Lullaby, a new Hayride 2 trailer, concept teaser and production details for The Void, first details on short film Paralysis, and more:
Details on Q&A Screenings of Avenged: "Avenged is showing at the Arena Cinemas in Hollywood from March 6. Uncork’d Entertainment will release the critically acclaimed Avenged at Arena Cinemas Hollywood on March 6, 2015.
A second Q&A session will be held after the Sunday March 8 6:30 Pm screening.
These two Q&A sessions are Exclusive to Los Angeles. A lethal injection of scares, thrills, romance, »
- Tamika Jones
Blind, crusading defence lawyer Matt Murdock is on his way to Netflix - see the first poster below - in an origin story that promises us the Batman Begins of Daredevil adaptations. The new issue of Empire boasts a big TV preview that takes us down to Hell’s Kitchen (actually New York’s Long Island City Stages) to watch Marvel’s newest old superhero in action. So what to expect from the show? Blood, it turns out. Plenty of it. “This is more sinister, and that really suits the character,” the man playing Murdock, Londoner Charlie Cox, tell us. “The hero and the villain… it’s a very blurry line. Let’s say that you didn’t know anything about Daredevil, hopefully you would feel a sense of ambiguity about who’s on the right path here. And, well, you know… we have blood.”The claret, according to showrunner Steven S. DeKnight, »
Last night's Arrow provided our first solid look at Ra's al Ghul in the Lazarus Pit. The character also confirmed that he's been around for a long time, stating that he met an amazing illusionist in 1854 only to see that man become a shadow of himself 50 years later. Yeah, unlike Batman Begins' Ra's al Ghul, played by Liam Neeson, Arrow's version of the character has been around for nearly two centuries. How will the Lazarus Pit factor in to future episodes of Arrow? We'll have to find out when new episodes of the show resume on March 18th. »
That cult movie you love from 30 years ago? It’s coming back as a remake. Did the last attempt at a movie adaptation of a well-loved comic book hero not go so well? Don’t worry, they’re rebooting it. Does your favorite childhood film no longer appeal to newer generations? One word: remake.
On Wednesday of last week we were greeted with the news that Neil Blomkamp’s next film would be another addition to the Alien franchise. This film will likely be a remake or reboot of the original film based on the confusion of Prometheus that will hopefully be explained by the end of Prometheus 2 (a sequel after Alien: Resurrection 20 years later just doesn’t make sense to me). Fans everywhere were excited for the announcement. Even if you don’t particularly like movies with Xenomorphs in them, the news wasn’t really that surprising. A »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (G.S. Perno)
Indeed, Hollywood’s dependence on films about costumed avengers was a source of derision and humor as the industry gathered to hand out statues and applaud the work of, mostly low-grossing, adult-oriented dramas. “The Avengers” may pay the bills, but off-kilter fare such as “Birdman” feeds the soul, Oscar voters implied.
“When something is that big in the industry, it’s going to be an easy target for Oscar jokes,” noted Phil Contrino, vice president and chief analyst at BoxOffice.com. “It could indicate a general kind of weariness of these movies by talent, because they have been so popular.”
Gunn wrote that he didn’t take the jokes personally, but he did argue that the writing on the »
- Brent Lang
This article contains a spoiler for the ending of Interstellar.
In case you missed it, the Oscars were this past weekend and Birdman was the big winner. The Academy’s choice to award Alejandro González Iñárritu's fever dream was a genuine shock, with Boyhood the running favourite for many months. Nonetheless, some things never change, and in that vein it's certainly a non-surprise the Academy also hardly noticed the most ambitious blockbuster of 2014: the Christopher Nolan space epic, Interstellar. Indeed, I use the phrase "non-surprise", because how could it be a winner when it was only nominated for the bare minimum of five Oscars in technical categories that are reserved as consolation prizes?
This is by all means par for the course with a film that has »
Gotham's central investigation was well-written this week, it's a shame the same can't be said about its female characters...
This review contains spoilers.
1.16 The Blind Fortune Teller
Holy flying douchebags, Batman! This week we were treated to a deep delve into the lore of the caped crusader with new villains teased, iconic locations visited and a neat fan service nod to the son of John Grayson.
Also pleasing this week were some hints of upcoming plot advancements. Seeing as Gotham is a show that has an ongoing obsession with mysteries and unresolved questions, it was refreshing to take these baby steps towards the truth after a long stint of inactivity. ‘Who killed Bruce Wayne’s parents?’, ‘will we ever find out about the shady Arkham project?’ and ‘was that comedian in episode one really the Joker?’ are three unresolved questions which fans have been pondering for some time, and »
Just after we learned that Interstellar would return to IMAX screens for one showing only this weekend on Saturday afternoon, you can dive back into the sci-fi epic in another way. Last month, Looper and future Star Wars director Rian Johnson hosted an interview with Christopher Nolan following a screening of Interstellar at the Aero Theater in Santa Monica, California. And all the cinephiles out there will be glad to hear that this is a 32-minute discussion between the two filmmakers talking about the inception of the script, technical details of production, and much more. It's definitely worth listening to in its entirety. Here's the 32-minute discussion between Rian Johnson and Christopher Nolan (via The Playlist): Interstellar is directed by British filmmaker Christopher Nolan, of the films Doodlebug, Following, Memento, Insomnia, Batman Begins, The Prestige, The Dark Knight, Inception and The Dark Knight Rises. The screenplay is by Christopher Nolan and Jonathan Nolan, »
- Ethan Anderton
If you're lucky enough to have missed learning about the GamerGate controversy, there are plenty of resources out there with more information. But whatever you do, don't look to "Law & Order: Svu" for a realistic take on the topic. Read More: GamerGate: What it Is and How to Help Stop It (Even If You Don't Play Video Games) This week's episode, "The Intimidation Game," centers around a female game developer named Raina who is preparing to launch a major new development. After receiving major threats from male gamers, Raina is kidnapped mid-presentation and tortured in a basement. Eventually, Raina is rescued and the bad guys are taken down by Ice-t. But once safe, Raina asks a detective through tears, "Women in gaming. What did I expect?" While the full episode was an hour long, YouTuber Dustin Gunn has condensed the episode into the 10 minute supercut below, stating, "I started this cut before watching it, »
- Jena Keahon
There’s no point denying the influence and impact of Christopher Nolan’s acclaimed box office behemoth that is The Dark Knight Trilogy. It cemented the director’s stature as one of Hollywood’s most talented filmmakers, and reinvented Batman for a whole new generation, while at the same time distancing fans from their painful memories of Joel Schumacher’s Batman And Robin. As far as blockbusters go, there are few that meld style and substance so well, but as they say, nobody’s perfect.
As entertaining and thoughtful as Batman Begins, The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises are, however, they’re not without their flaws, as evidenced by these 15 irksome subplots which simply drag each film down several pegs and detract from the fun. Batman Begins certainly feels like the most narratively water-tight of the three films in many regards, and hence doesn’t show up much on this list, »
- Jack Pooley
Gotham Season 1, Episode 15: ‘The Scarecrow’
Written by Ken Woodruff
Directed by Nick Corpus
Airs Mondays at 8pm Et on Fox
The search for Dr. Crane continues this week in a way that is notably off kilter with the beats of “The Fearsome Dr. Crane“. There are moments that inelegantly reset character progress that would’ve made more sense following an earlier episode, while dialogue bluntly attempts to integrate events that happened in the previous two episodes. As far as recent episodes go, this one appears to have suffered the most from the expanded season order.
This Fish Mooney plot may have originally been intended to follow the events of “What the Little Bird Told Him”, as the place she ends up could have easily been where Falcone sent her as punishment for her betrayal. The Penguin’s storyline also seems more suited as the aftermath of Mooney’s attack, »
- Jean Pierre Diez
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