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Ron Howard's latest film will star Chris Hemsworth (Thor, Snow White and the Huntsman) as Owen Chase, as well as Batman Begins' Cillian Murphy as Matthew Joy, in the epic retelling based on the novel, In the Heart of the Sea. The second trailer has hit, featuring some great lines, great action and a Whale of a tale to see. Have a look below, and leave a comment in the usual place! Crewmen (Chris Hemsworth, Benjamin Walker, Cillian Murphy) of a 19th-century New England whaler face a harrowing battle for survival after an attack by a giant whale destroys their vessel and casts them adrift on the open sea. »
On the face of it, 2014 has been a rather strange year for film, a step down from an annum of classics and simultaneously a slalom into the realms of adventure and discord. It is rather significant that now, more than halfway through December, most talk has turned to trailers and announced releases for next year, the long-term planning of industry giants and the hunt for the next super-franchise. It is simply continuing the trend; of the twenty highest grossing films of 2014 (so far), an eye-watering seventeen are sequels, adaptations (of source material or franchise brand), reworks, reboots or otherwise unoriginal content. Of the three left over, two were unheralded comedies. 2015 promises more of the same, with the arrival of Jurassic World, Terminator Genisys (sic), Mad Max: Fury Road as well as Avengers 2, The Hunger Games 4, Fast and Furious 7, Taken 3 and a Fantastic Four reboot. Oh yeah, and Fifty Shades of Sh Grey… »
- Scott Patterson
Some of you may be looking at Andy Poon's concept art of Ra’s al Ghul (Matt Nable) and thinking to yourself, is that Oded Fehr ("The Mummy") or Liam Neeson ("Batman Begins")? If you had either of those thoughts you'd be correct on both accounts. Poon, or as I like to call him Poontang, illustrated his Ra's al Ghul costume designs before the role was cast. For fun, he decided to incorporate the likeness of each actor based on the rumors linking Fehr and Neeson to the part. It does Not in anyway mean they were actually considered. Still neat to look at though. Then there is John Gallagher's awesome Captain Cold (Wentworth Miller) costume design, which was not chosen. Boo! Gallagher used elements of the New 52 look for hie Captain Cold design, but producers decided to go in a different direction. The final image below, is »
Christopher Nolan’s “Interstellar” is state of the art, yet old-fashioned: He filmed in L.A. as much as possible, prefers physical sets to greenscreen and watches the rushes in 35mm. Audiences like the results: The film has passed $620 million so far at the global box office. Here, Nolan talked with Variety about his unique process with production designer Nathan Crowley, working with longtime collaborators, and the “weird” surprise he gave Hans Zimmer.
Production design, Nathan Crowley
“He’s one of my most closest and inspiring creative collaborators. Often when I’m finishing a script, before we have anybody on board, he’ll come on — and in my garage, we will start throwing ideas around, doing sketches, building models; we noodle around, just as a pure fun time. There are no mouths to feed at that point, there are no big departments needing to know what to build, how much »
- Tim Gray
In Jp Valderrama’s Batman franchise melding poster, Christian Bale’s Bruce Wayne is asked by Alfred, “Who will you be tonight?” But the question isn’t whether he’ll be Batman or Bruce but, rather, which version of The Caped Crusader he’d like to be. The suits in front of him don’t just include the suit Bale wore in the last two films in The Dark Knight trilogy, but also suits worn by Adam West, Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer, and George Clooney in other live action iterations of the character. Oddly enough, for Bale’s screen test for Batman Begins, he actually did wear Kilmer’s suit from Batman Forever. I've embedded that video below in case you haven't seen it already.
You can order 24" x 18" Giclee prints of this poster at Hero Complex Gallery. They are $40, and there were only a limited edition of 50 made. So »
- Eli Reyes
Michael C here to look at an embattled new wide release.
Ridley Scott’s Exodus: Gods and Kings is so dead in the water, so consistently baffling in its choices, that it is difficult to know where to begin. How about the simple fact that when one is adapting the Old Testament there is no getting around God?
Gods and Kings doesn’t go so far as to omit God altogether. The Lord is present (sort of) in the form of a petulant eight-year old child who first appears from behind the burning bush to issue vague marching orders to Moses. What Scott and his quartet of screenwriters do attempt is an end-run around the almighty in the form of an ill-considered attempt to wedge the Book of Exodus into the Batman Begins mold where all the miraculous events are brought down to Earth with realistic explanations, or at least semi-plausible interpretations. »
- Michael C.
When it comes to transforming your body for a role, few actors have changed as drastically as Christian Bale, most famously when the actor lost a ton of weight for The Machinist only to turn around and put on a ton of muscle for Batman Begins. Sometimes, however all that weight loss/gain isn’t necessary for Christian Bale. Instead he just grows a beard. Or shaves a beard. Whatever. The point is, which does he wear better? To Beard: Exodus: Gods and Kings Let's start with an easy one. Bale’s Exodus beard is a simple, small affair. Clean yet thin, this standard beard gives him integrity but does not make him look like a wild man. It might not be setting appropriate, but it fits his character, Moses, well enough. Not to Beard: American...
- Evan Saathoff
We poked a little fun at Channing Tatum.s email skills in an earlier story about the actor.s dream of starring in a Ghostbusters spinoff. During said exchanges, Tatum allegedly was asking Sony executives if they.d let him "show the world the DarkSide and let us fight it with all the glory and epicness of a Huge Batman Begins Movie." He seemed pretty excited. But then we saw what happened after 22 Jump Street opened big. "Epic" isn.t even the right word. This email comes to us from the ongoing Sony hack, but instead of leaking a script or spoiling a conversation, it simply shows that Channing Tatum.s a bro. He.s a total dude who.s totally stoked when his movie does awesome. And in celebration of his scathing comedy breaking huge bank, Tatum (according to Defamer) writes incredibly joyous, slightly boastful emails like this Nsfw »
Last week, leaked emails from the Sony hack revealed that actresses such as Jennifer Lawrence, Melissa McCarthy, Emma Stone, Amy Schumer and Lizzy Caplan have all expressed interest in starring in the studio's all-female reboot of Ghostbusters. Today, more emails have leaked that reveal Sony is also working on a spinoff that will star Channing Tatum and Chris Pratt. Both actors worked together on the indie comedy 10 Years, which Channing Tatum also produced as a starring vehile for his wife, Jenna Dewan-Tatum. Here's an excerpt of Channing Tatum's email to Sony's Amy Pascal, where he compares the project to Batman Begins.
"Let us show the world The DarkSide and let us fight it with all the glory and epicness of a Huge Batman Begins Movie. I know we can make this a huge franchise. Fun adventure craziness. Come Oonnnn!!!"
The next day, Sony's production president Hannah Minghella sent an »
Bridesmaids director Paul Feig is currently developing an all-female Ghostbusters reboot for Sony Pictures, and it seems like most fans of the franchise aren't too excited about it. I do have some interesting news that might spark some interest in you, though. Channing Tatum is looking to do a spin-off of this new reboot that would star himself and Chris Pratt, which is something I would actually like to see!
According to emails that the Daily Beast has gone through, Tatum pitched Sony executives on the idea. This is what he had to say about the franchise as a whole:
“Let us show the world The DarkSide and let us fight it with all the glory and epicness of a Huge Batman Begins Movie. I know we can make this a huge franchise. Fun adventure craziness. Come Oonnnn!!!”
I have to say, I love Tatum's enthusiasm. It seems like he »
- Joey Paur
Captain America: The Winter Soldier directors Joe and Anthony Russo are interested in developing a film to complement Kevin Feig's upcoming, female-led Ghostbusters 3, according to a leaked Sony email.
"Let us show the world The DarkSide and let us fight it with all the glory and epicness of a Huge Batman Begins Movie," wrote Tatum in an email titled 'Ghostbusters' (via The Daily Beast).
"I know we can make this a huge franchise. Fun adventure craziness. Come Oonnnn!!!"
"The Russos, Channing and Reid have been brainstorming ideas and want to create a whole new mythology that would support multiple movies (the way that Nolan reinvented Batman)," she wrote.
"To be clear - the Russos want to produce (not direct) and while Channing and Chris »
Director Paul Feig is currently working on his female-led Ghostbusters reboot for Sony, which we know from recent leaked emails could feature Jennifer Lawrence, Emma Stone, Melissa McCarthy, Amy Schumer, Lizzy Caplan or even Ryan Gosling. Though, that might not be the only Ghostbusters film in Sony's pipeline. According to emails that The Daily Beast has viewed, Channing Tatum ("21 Jump Street") pitched Sony executives on a Ghostbusters film that would be a spinoff of Feig's. Tatum wants to star in it, alongside his 10 Years co-star, Chris Pratt ("Jurassic World"). An email from Tatum to Pascal concerning Ghostbusters dated August 21 says, “Let us show the world The DarkSide and let us fight it with all the glory and epicness of a Huge Batman Begins Movie. I know we can make this a huge franchise. Fun adventure craziness. Come Oonnnn!!!” The next day, Hannah Minghella, co-president of production for Columbia Pictures, sent »
Ahead of the release of the video game "Batman: Arkham Knight" in June next year, Warner Brothers and Rocksteady are set to publish a prequel comic that will fill in the gap of events that take place between 'Knight' and "Batman: Arkham City".
Entertainment Weekly has posted some exclusive shots from the Peter J. Tomasi-penned comic mini-series set in the wake of the Joker's death and the closure of the Arkham City prison complex.
As Batman begins considering hanging up the cape and cowl, a new enemy arrives and begins causing trouble. The comic will be made available starting February 24th. »
- Garth Franklin
The James Bond franchise is the UK’s cinematic gift to the world. Like its titular hero, the franchise has remained death-defying over the course of five decades and 24 feature films. Daniel Craig’s tenure as 007 has been a stellar run, bringing the series roaring back to life.
The first two Craig features revitalized Bond for a modern audience that pined for a grittier, more realistic super spy franchise in the vein of Jason Bourne and Batman Begins. Craig’s third Bond outing, the excellent Skyfall, retained the grit, but also restored the flare and panache that had been a hallmark of the Bond series since its inception.
Skyfall director Sam Mendes seems to be hearkening back to the classic Bond era with his next entry in the franchise, Spectre. For fans familiar with old school Bond, the title promises 007 squaring off against his most legendary adversaries, a nefarious »
- Travis Earl
"Using state of the art visual effects and 3D immersion, Scott brings new life to the story of the defiant leader 'Moses' (Bale)...
"...as he rises up against the Egyptian 'Pharaoh Ramses' (Joel Edgerton)...
"...setting 400,000 slaves on a monumental journey of escape from Egypt and its terrifying cycle of deadly plagues..."
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Exodus: Gods and Kings"...
- Michael Stevens
Earlier this year, it was revealed that a sequel was in the early stages for the new Pierce Brosnan action thriller, The November Man. Remember it? Probably not: The November Man would go on to flop in the Us, grossing just $25m in the Us, and when it finally made it to British cinemas, it was released on just one screen (presumably to fill a contractual obligation somewhere along the line).
There's been no word yet on the fate of The November Man 2, but the outlook does not seem favourable. It wouldn't be the first time though that a sequel had been loudly mooted before even a first film was released, only to be quietly abandoned when something - usually related to box office takings - didn't go to plan. »
According to Arrow executive producer Marc Guggenheim, Matt Nable's Ra's Al Ghul will completely change the landscape of the show. "What's really cool about Ra's coming to the fore is [that] his presence changes the show. Literally, the show will not be the same after [S03E09-The Climb]." There's much more from Guggenheim in the video above. He also crypticaly teases that the motivation for Ra's actions share a similarity with Malcolm Merlyn's (John Barrowman) reasoning behind wanting to sink The Glades - apparently both Malcolm and Ra's are motivated by death. Fans of Batman Begins will recall that Christopher Nolan's take on Ra's also had the character motivated by death. Perhaps Arrow is borrowing from that particular film's playbook again? Also touched on in the interview is the news that John Barrowman will have a larger impact once the show returns from mid-season hiatus in 2015. This comes on the heels of »
As Lee Smith has edited all of Christopher Nolan’s films since “Batman Begins” (2005), it made sense he would perform such duties on one of the director’s most complex outings to date. “Interstellar” finds him juggling time and space, scenes set on Earth with scenes set in galaxies far, far away, and moments of grandeur with moments of intimacy. Yet, as he readliy admits during our webcam chat (watch below), the editing process was relatively straight-forward. “Chris and his brother Jonathan write a very detailed and very accurate script so effectively you’ve got a blueprint for a very complicated story. As you can imagine, with a film this complicated, you would have to adhere to some kind of plan.” -Break- Production designer Nathan Crowley creates new worlds - and spaceships - for 'Interstellar' For Smith, the greatest challenge wasn’t the structure, but the pacing. “You try to make the. »
On the heels of Suicide Squad's cast announcement, I have a bittersweet taste in my mouth. While I do like the thought of Jared Leto, Will Smith, Tom Hardy, and others portraying some of the baddest villains out there, I have a foul taste in my mouth. "What about the television actors?" I think, remembering the solid performances of Michael Rowe as Deadshot on Arrow. The same can be said for many other actors in the DC universe right now, such as Nick Tarabay, who recently made his debut as Captain Boomerang on Flash. Not long after his debut, it was announced that his former Spartacus cast mate Jai Courtney will be playing the same character in Suicide Squad.
- Mick Joest
Nolan will be presented the award at the organization’s 19th Annual Excellence in Production Design Awards event at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Jan. 31.
The award is given to those whose body of work has “richly enhanced the visual aspects of the movie-going experience.” Previous recipients include Martin Scorsese, Warren Beatty, Clint Eastwood, Norman Jewison, John Lasseter, George Lucas, Steven Spielberg and Blake Edwards.
“Christopher Nolan.’s body of work reflects a clear appreciation for the contribution Production Design brings to the stories he brings to life,” said Adg Council Chairman John Shaffner and Awards Producers Dave Blass and James Pearse Connelly.
“His creative legacy is quite remarkable and it demonstrates a great love and respect for our visual medium. The teams of designers and craftspeople that he continues to bring »
- Dave McNary
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