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Great Job, Internet!: Batman Begins is just a darker, more violent remake of Richie Rich

23 August 2016 9:30 AM, PDT | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

When they were crafting a screenplay for 2005’s franchise-rebooting Batman Begins, writer David S. Goyer and director Christopher Nolan drew heavily on such DC-published titles as Frank Miller’s Batman: Year One as well as Batman: The Long Halloween and “The Man Who Falls” from Secret Origins. But a new YouTube video suggests that maybe the blockbuster’s biggest inspiration was something else entirely, something completely outside of the canon: 1994’s Richie Rich, directed by journeyman Donald Petrie and starring Macaulay Culkin as an impossibly wealthy child.

The video, “24 Reasons Batman Begins & Richie Rich Are The Same Movie,” comes to us courtesy the YouTube channel Couch Tomato, which specializes in comparing films point by point and discussing their similarities and differences. Its series 24 Reasons is devoted to the former. “All movies are the same,” the channel claims, “so you can’t hate a movie for ...

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- Joe Blevins

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Cate Blanchett Questions Our Existence in First Trailer For Terrence Malick’s ‘Voyage of Time: Life’s Journey’

19 August 2016 4:04 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Earlier this summer we got the first trailer for Terrence Malick‘s long-gestating Voyage of Time: The IMAX Experience, a 45-minute version narrated by Brad Pitt that features “more awestruck and explanatory” narration. For a different, expanded experience, there’s also the 90-minute cut, titled Voyage of Time: Life’s Journey, which is narrated Cate Blanchett, featuring voice-over that is “more searching and poignant, an urgent inquiry from a child of earth to the mother of all.” Today, the gorgeous first trailer for the latter has arrived.

“As a scientist, I saw nothing that seemed wrong; the simulations of the early universe and of star and planet formations are consistent with my understandings,”theoretical physicist Lee Smolin says of the film. “It is beautiful and inspiring … The interweaving of contemporary scenes with the history of the universe seems very appropriate. It raises the question of what we value, and how we decide what we value, »

- Jordan Raup

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Ben-Hur Review

18 August 2016 9:18 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

There’s a moment at the very end of Ben-Hur that almost wrecks everything that came before; as two characters ride horses, spurring them on, galloping into a warm desert sun, a neo-soul singer named Andra Day is suddenly crooning in the background. It’s jarringly anachronistic, side-splittingly funny, and absolutely awful, the kind of last-second studio-executive decision that will ensure the last minutes of Timur Bekmambetov’s already risky remake of the 1959, Oscar-dominating classic will be accompanied by peals of incredulous laughter at each and every screening.

Choices like that soundtrack addition would seem to belie any claims that this Ben-Hur was greenlit for any reason other than to run a cinematic classic through the grubby Hollywood-blockbuster grinder, turning out something that could capitalize on the brand name, show off some pricey special effects, and easily sell audience members on an inferior update of a film universally regarded as one of the best. »

- Isaac Feldberg

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Jack the Ripper Returns in “Razors” from Breaking Glass Pictures

18 August 2016 10:00 AM, PDT | Horror News | See recent Horror News news »

Breaking Glass Pictures will release Razors, the first installment in a new horror franchise, on DVD and On Demand this October. Staring Kelby Keenan, Josh Myers (Antisocial), and the late Kan Bonfils (Skyfall, Batman Begins), Razors follows a group of young writers who come face-to-face with the infamous murderer Jack the Ripper in the modern …

The post Jack the Ripper Returns in “Razors” from Breaking Glass Pictures first appeared on Hnn | Horrornews.net - Official News Site »

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3 Ways DC Can Beat Marvel – Hint: Don’t Be Marvel

13 August 2016 1:20 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Samuel Brace with three ways that DC can beat Marvel…

1) Know Your Strengths

This would seem obvious, and it is, just not to DC. They know good and well what they have going for them and just as importantly, what they do not, but instead they are going for what they think everyone wants, which is just playing into the hands of Marvel and therefore making themselves look bad. They need to stop, that is if they want to start winning.

Disney is playing the smart game right now, they, unlike their rivals, are actually playing to their strengths, not a clever strategy, just a sensible one. This strength being that Marvel has a more appealing roster of characters. Their B list of heroes and villains is mighty impressive, as is their C list. Strength in depth is the name of the game here and they are running with it. »

- Samuel Brace

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Trends and the Lack of Originality in Hollywood

13 August 2016 7:30 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Eric Bay-Andersen on trends and the lack of originality in Hollywood…

At the beginning of this year I went to the cinema and saw a preview of all the big films coming out in 2016, and it really depressed me because almost every upcoming ‘event’ film was a sequel, a re-boot, or a prequel to the re-imagined spin-off of a TV show adaptation! It’s gotten to the point where I even get disheartened by book adaptations, which is silly I know because there are so many great published stories out there that are worthy of being adapted for the big-screen. I guess I just find it sad that most film-makers these days seem to look to the best-sellers list for their inspiration, rather than their own imagination. I mean, if a new book comes out and is a big success, then of course someone will make it into a film at some point, »

- Amie Cranswick

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Man Of Steel Sequel Reportedly In “Active Development”

8 August 2016 11:24 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

While Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice certainly explored the fallout from the events depicted in Man of Steel, many argue that it wasn’t a true sequel. Technically, those folks are right, because BvS qualifies as a team-up movie.

According to TheWrap, who were spot on with many of their Suicide Squad casting scoops, Warner Bros. now have a Man of Steel sequel in “active development.”

Here’s what they had to say:

Despite Superman’s battle with Batman, DC has been silent on a sequel to “Man of Steel” featuring Superman solo, leading many frustrated fanboys to believe that another film wasn’t going to happen. But a person close to the project told TheWrap that Superman is a top priority for the studio and getting the character right for audiences is of tantamount importance.

Warner Bros. did not immediately return a call for comment Monday.

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- Eric Joseph

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Cillian Murphy on the current state of superhero movies

8 August 2016 11:17 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

David Crow Aug 9, 2016

"I don't know where they're coming from anymore", says Cillian Murphy of superhero movies, as he looks back at The Dark Knight Trilogy...

More than any genre, the superhero movie has dominated Hollywood blockbusters in the 21st century. 16 years since X-Men, we’re still getting X-sequels, as well as third-tier villains like most of the Suicide Squad dominating the summer box office. But like a good many people, Cillian Murphy appears to have some reservations about all that. Having appeared in all three installments of Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Trilogy, Murphy is experienced with the caped and cowled set. But even after squaring off with Batman himself, he thinks the environment is changing around Hollywood.

“Have they exhausted every single comic book ever?” Murphy asked Vulture during an interview for his new movie Anthropoid. “I don’t know where they’re coming from anymore.”

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Suicide Squad review – in dire need of real evil

7 August 2016 1:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

It’s the latest comic book wheeze: an all-villain fighting team. But too many crooks spoil the plot

One of the main factors in the making of a truly great comic book movie is the quality of the villain. It’s no coincidence that the most favourably reviewed superhero movie of all time, The Dark Knight, also contains the definitive bad guy: Heath Ledger’s chillingly demented Joker. Likewise, the most satisfying comic book heroes are never the squeaky clean, morally unimpeachable do-gooders. They are troubled individuals with closets overstuffed with skeletons: they are the tortured Bruce Wayne in Batman Begins; Iron Man wrestling with his tainted entitlement; Black Widow, so lasciviously in touch with her own treachery.

So, the logic follows, how about a film in which even the good guys are bad? Surely a movie that is entirely populated by the most nefarious rogues from the grubbiest corners »

- Wendy Ide

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Are Batman v Superman and Iron Man 2 Basically the Same Movie?

6 August 2016 3:37 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

One enterprising comic book fan has set out to prove that the critically derided Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is essential the exact same movie as the critically bashed Iron Man 2. And s/he offers a stirring new video on Youtube as proof that DC pretty much curbed from one of Marvel's lesser sequels in bringing their epic clash to the big screen. In fact, this visual essay from 'Couch Tomato' delivers 24 different reasons to ponder and think about in making the declaration.

DC and Warner Bros. actually got a head start when it comes to turning their comic books into big screen entities that bring in billions of dollars. It all started way back in 1978 with Superman: The Movie, which spawned 4 sequels, a Supergirl spin-off and a reboot of sorts with 2006's Superman returns. They also launched a successful Batman series in 1989, and again in »

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Remember when Courtney Love nearly played Harley Quinn in the sequel to Batman & Robin?

5 August 2016 12:13 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

With Margot Robbie getting praise for her performance as Harley Quinn, Luke Owen looks back at what could have been the character’s first on-screen appearance…

Following the box office success of Batman Forever and the impressive dailies for Batman & Robin, it was announced in February 1997 that Joel Schumacher would be returning to direct the fifth movie in the franchise. Joining him on this adventure would be screenwriter Mark Protosevich, who had previously written the script for Batman & Robin as well as one of Warner Bros.’ many attempts to adapt I Am Legend. “A few months ago, there were twelve movies being shot on the Warner Bros. lot, and [Warner Bros. executives] Bob Daly and Terry Semel asked to see a sample reel of each film,” Schumacher said at the time. “Each director put together dailies from the film. After Bob and Terry saw ours, they ordered another script for Batman.”

For Protosevich, »

- Luke Owen

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Newswire: Batman’s batsuit, Mulder and Scully’s badges, other cool stuff goes up for auction

1 August 2016 10:17 AM, PDT | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

It’s August, which means it’s time for another one of those massive auctions full of iconic pop-culture memorabilia that may as well be titled Bruce Wayne Auctions, because you’d have to be independently wealthy to afford most of the stuff. Nonetheless, in a press release that went out this morning, The Prop Store announced it will be holding the U.K.’s largest live auction for film and TV props next month, with more than 500 items up for bid, including the Batsuit from Batman Begins, FBI badges from The X-Files, and Steven Spielberg’s clapperboard from Jaws.

The auction is a veritable treasure trove of nerds’ fondest wishes, as the potential items available are enough to make Ben Wyatt weep with covetous desire. Other potential acquisitions include:

A Tie pilot helmet from Star Wars: Episode IV—A New HopeThe Batpod vehicle from The Dark Knight »

- Alex McCown

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7 Reasons Why Christopher Nolan Should Direct the Next Star Trek Film

31 July 2016 10:19 PM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

 With the rebooted Star Trek series receiving diminishing returns with each new entry and Star Trek Beyond underperforming, the future of the franchise is not certain. Maybe a new director is needed to take the series in a different direction. Cinelinx looks at seven reasons why Christopher Nolan would be the right man to save the struggling franchise.

 Although Star Trek Beyond squeaked into a distant second place this past weekend, (Behind the latest Jason Bourne film) with an estimated $24 million--taking in over $105 million in two weeks--it’s had a nearly 60% decline this weekend. That’s a significant drop compared to the last two Trek films, both of which saw their domestic totals reach over $146 million by the end of their second weekends. With a total budget of $185 million Star Trek Beyond needs to make $370 million overall, which seems unlikely at this point. If this film does lose money for the studio, »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (Rob Young)

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12 expensive and eccentric modern Hollywood movies

25 July 2016 8:02 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Ryan Lambie Jul 26, 2016

They cost millions and they’re very, very odd. We take a look at 12 expensive and eccentric Hollywood films from the past 40 years...

The risk-averse nature of filmmaking means that the world’s more maverick and outrageous writers and directors have to make do with relatively low budgets. Nicolas Winding Refn drenched the screen in all kinds of sordid, violent and startling imagery in such films as Only God Forgives and this year’s The Neon Demon, but the combined budget of those probably didn’t even match the catering budget for something like Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice.

Every so often, though, a truly bonkers film slips through the Hollywood studio system - often by accident. From horror sequels to original sci-fi adventures, here are 12 incredibly expensive and gloriously eccentric Hollywood movies from the past 40 years.

The Exorcist II (1977)

Budget: $14 million

Like most films made for purely financial reasons, »

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#SquadGoals: Our five favourite superhero squad members

21 July 2016 7:38 AM, PDT | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

#SquadGoals: Our five favourite superhero squad members#SquadGoals: Our five favourite superhero squad membersAdriana Floridia7/21/2016 9:38:00 Am

Today marks the first day of San Diego Comic-Con, the biggest comic book convention there is, and the best place to live out your wildest fan fantasies.

The convention is a dream for comic book nerds, and really for anyone who enjoys popular culture. It's cool to be a nerd these days, so we're embracing our inner geek and getting ready for all of the news that is bound to come out of #Sdcc. 

In the spirit of Comic-Con, and with this year's next biggest comic book adaptation hitting the big screens in August, Suicide Squad, we've made an epic playlist at the Cineplex Store to get you hyped up on all things comic books and superheroes. Since Suicide Squad features the ultimate team of super villains, we've narrowed down our own »

- Adriana Floridia

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Dubai fest to immerse audience in Vr

21 July 2016 5:34 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Growth of virtual reality filmmaking to be discussed at Diff.

Dubai International Film Festival (Diff) (Dec 7-14) is set to launch a virtual reality programme at its 13th edition.

The strand, titled DIFFerent Reality, will give festivalgoers the opportunity to sample Vr films spanning fiction, documentary and animation.

On the industry side, Dubai Film Market (Dfm) will give delegates chance to hear from Vr creators and experience the technology.

Diff chairman Abdulhamid Juma said: “Vr gives filmmakers a new, immersive medium - which is an exciting new direction for cinema - and our compelling and engaging line-up of Vr films push the technological boundaries of storytelling.”

Vr has had an increased presence at festivals, most recently at Sundance, Cannes and Sheffield Doc/Fest with experiences based around feature films The Martian and Maleficent and standalone documentaries such as refugee film We Wait, from Aardman Animations and the BBC.

At the Star Wars Celebration fan gathering last wekeend »

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Star Wars Celebration: young Han Solo cast; Darth Vader Vr project

18 July 2016 4:59 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

A round-up of the headlines from Star Wars Celebration including confirmation that Alden Ehrenreich will play the young Han Solo, behind the scenes footage from Rogue One and a Lucasfilm Vr project based around Darth Vader.

Lucasfilm has unveiled a raft of announcements and fresh footage at the Star Wars Celebration Europe event in London.

The annual fan gathering, which ran July 15-17 at the ExCel exhibition centre, hosted the cast and filmmakers behind Rogue One - the first standalone film in the Star Wars franchise.

British director Gareth Edwards (Monsters, Godzilla) screened a behind-the-scenes look at the film, set for release in December, as well as a new trailer (which has yet to be released online) that confirmed the presence of Darth Vader in the story.

Young Han Solo revealed

At the final panel of the weekend, Alden Ehrenreich was confirmed to play the young Han Solo in a Star Wars spin-off movie - casting that has »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Star Wars Celebration at-a-glance

18 July 2016 4:59 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

A round-up of the headlines from Star Wars Celebration including confirmation that Alden Ehrenreich will play the young Han Solo, behind the scenes footage from Rogue One and a Lucasfilm Vr project based around Darth Vader.

Lucasfilm has unveiled a raft of announcements and fresh footage at the Star Wars Celebration Europe event in London.

The annual fan gathering, which ran July 15-17 at the ExCel exhibition centre, hosted the cast and filmmakers behind Rogue One - the first standalone film in the Star Wars franchise.

British director Gareth Edwards (Monsters, Godzilla) screened a behind-the-scenes look at the film, set for release in December, as well as a new trailer (which has yet to be released online) that confirmed the presence of Darth Vader in the story.

Young Han Solo revealed

At the final panel of the weekend, Alden Ehrenreich was confirmed to play the young Han Solo in a Star Wars spin-off movie - casting that has »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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The Week in Star Wars: Star Wars Celebration Europe Edition – Rogue One trailer and behind the scenes, Thrawn confirmed for Star Wars Rebels, Episode VIII and Han Solo updates and loads more

18 July 2016 3:30 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

It’s the post-Star Wars Celebration Edition of The Week in Star Wars, and we’ve got a lot to cover including Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Episode VIII, Star Wars Rebels, Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Star Wars Battlefront and more…

Right, let’s kick things off with everything from Star Wars Celebration Europe – which was held here in our country’s capital – by starting with Gareth EdwardsRogue One: A Star Wars Story. While those in attendance were treated to a new trailer (which was teased last week), those who didn’t go got this fantastic new poster and concept art, and this wonderful behind-the-scenes sizzle reel. We also got a new look at the Imperial Shoretrooper and, more importantly, Mads Mikkelsen’s Galen Erso. And during the Rogue One panel, host Gwendoline Christie presented star Felicity Jones with an action figure for her character Jyn Erso, »

- Luke Owen

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Christopher Nolan’s First Released Short Film ‘Doodlebug’: Watch His Twisted 1997 Debut

17 July 2016 3:08 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Nearly a decade before he was making movies about bats, Christopher Nolan was turning his attention to bugs. The filmmaker made a debut of sorts with 1997’s “Doodlebug,” a three-minute short filmed on 16mm and produced by his future wife and producing partner Emma Thomas, who’s worked with Nolan on each of his subsequent films.

Read More: Wes Anderson’s ‘Bottle Rocket’ Short Film: Watch the 13 Minute Clip That Launched His Career

Doodlebug” is marked by a grainy, black-and-white aesthetic that’s of a piece with the spar narrative about a man (Jeremy Theobald) trying to squash an insect in his dingy apartment. It eventually gets recursive, with the bug in question being revealed as a miniature version of the man himself; in the end, they’re both of them dwarfed by an even larger version who appears behind them.

Read More: James Cameron’s ‘Xenogenesis’: Watch the Lo-Fi, »

- Michael Nordine

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