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You might not recognise Tamer Hassan’s name, but you’ll most certainly recognise his face – particularly if you live in England. He’s a pretty prolific actor, generally starring in British gangster movies like “Layer Cake” and “The Business” but he’s also been in a few Hollywood blockbusters like “Batman Begins” and “Unleashed”. He’s returned to the U.K for his latest film – “Bonded by Blood” – to retell the true story of the infamous Essex Boys murders of 1995. The story has been tackled by other movies such as “Essex Boys” with Sean Bean, and was touched upon in “Rise of the Footsoldier”, but “Bonded by Blood” pertains to be the most accurate depiction of the events. The film is definitely worth a watch, and is full of impressive performances – including the always reliable Hassan. I was lucky enough to chat with Tamer while he was promoting the movie, »
- Gazz Ogden
Game Informer has nabbed some pretty incredible new stills and concept art of the upcoming Tomb Raider reboot.
Crystal Dynamics, the developer that did a great job with Dlc title Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light, seems to be doing a great job in rebooting the series. The upcoming “Tomb Raider” game will be an origin story and will feature Lara Croft as an inexperienced spelunker. That said, don’t expect it to follow the canon of any of the previous games.
These stills look amazing and this reboots appears to be the Batman Begins of the Tomb Raider series. Expect to see a much less glamorous Lara than you’re used to seeing. Here, she’s bloody, battered, bruised and seemingly far outside of her comfort zone.
I'm not one to toot my own horn, but my loyal readers here at Shadowlocked may be interested to know that today is my birthday. I'm not going to get into how old I am, but let's just say that I am now the atomic number of arsenic and leave this particular thread of conversation on that joyous note. Anyway, while initially deciding that I would take a day off from the chaotic party life that is Shadowlocked, the writing gnome in my mind took over and thought that the arrival of my birthday might be an enjoyable segway into a list of sorts.
Many movies have had a birthday party scene. Sometimes it's inconsequential filler and sometimes it's a key scene of foreshadowing or character development. Usually it is a festive occasion and a bonding moment between family and friends. But now and then, it's a clever tool for »
During a press conference for Bae Systems, a British defense company, a journalist commented that one of their concept vehicles (The Raider) looks similar to the Batmobile (The Tumbler) from "Batman Begins" and "The Dark Knight." Project leader Hisham Awad replied: "Glad you said that. That's what we based it on. We liked the look of that, so we designed something similar. You see, it turns like a motorbike and it has the same wheel configuration." When asked if Awad really based a military vehicle on something he saw in a movie, Awad said: "Well, why not? In all seriousness, we decided that we didn't have a monopoly on inspiration, and if we saw something in a film that we thought might be a good idea, why not take a look at it and see if there's something practical we can develop." The Raider is described as "a small, highly »
When creating the Batmobile of “Batman Begins” (and the rest of the Christopher Nolan Batman movie universe), it’s clear that designers aimed for plausibility—a vehicle that wouldn’t just cause a viewer’s inner fanboy to run around screaming, but one that fit amongst the high tech military toys of Wayne Industries.
Resembling more a streamlined tank than a Lamborghini, the latest Batmobile always looked like it could roll right out of a secret army operation. More so than any conveyance Batman has manned over the years, Nolan’s Batmobile is an actual means of defense rather than a flashy piece of vigilante flair.
That’s why it’s not surprising that, as reported on The Engineer (via Bleeding Cool), the Future Projects Vehicles department of Bae Systems (a company that, like the fictional Wayne enterprises, develops defense technology) based its latest tank design on Batman’s fan-titillating whip. »
- Rachel Molino
Christian Bale has signed up to star in Zhang Yimou's "Nanjing Heroes". "The Fighter" actor will play a U.S. priest named John, who helped a number of Chinese citizens escape death during the country's Nanjing massacre, when Japanese troops killed thousands in 1937.
Director Zhang revealed he chose Christian for the role because of his professionalism, saying, "I met Christian in America and was impressed with his serious book research for the role."
The $90.2 million movie will be filmed in English and Mandarin, and Zhang defended his choice of Christian for the movie, saying he wasn't trying to cash in on the "Batman Begins" star's high profile.
He explained, "It's the overall strategy for Chinese cinema to approach the world and broaden its influence but casting Bale was a coincidence because the script happened to have an English-speaking part in the lead."
The script was written by Yan and Liu Heng, »
As we told you back in October, Zack Snyder (300, Watchmen, Sucker Punch) will be directing the upcoming Warner Bros. Pictures reboot of Superman (a.k.a. Superman: Man of Steel), which is being overseen by producer/director Christopher Nolan (Inception, Untitled Batman Project) and written by David S. Goyer (Batman Begins, The Dark Knight) and Jonathan Nolan (The Dark Knight Rises).
Now, thanks to superkal over at Cbm who picked up DC Comics‘ graphic novel edition of Geoff Johns and Gary Frank‘s Superman: Secret Origin, we may actually have some insight into where the Superman story is heading in the forthcoming reboot. The foreword of the graphic novel was written by David S. Goyer, it hints at the direction the film will take and sights Geoff Johns story in Secret Origin as being a source of inspiration for the film.
Check out the foreword below:
“There is a heart »
- Jason Moore
Before Oscar bound Christian Bale tackles the cape and cowl of The Caped Crusader for the third and final time in The Dark Knight Rises late Spring/early Summer, the Welsh born actor will sneak another project in as his next feature. Well, ‘sneak in’ probably is the wrong term as that would indicate a small movie and this certainly won’t be that.
In fact, this will likely be the most expensive film made this year or any year. Well in it’s native China at least, where it’s one of their most expensive films of all time…
THR are reporting that Bale will lead the 600 million yuan ($90 million) budgeted Nanjing Heroes, an epic spectacle from director Zhang Yimou (Hero) that focuses on the Najing Massacre of 1937 when thousands of people were murdered by invading Japanese troops in what was then the capital of China. Shooting begins January »
- Matt Holmes
From Blastr: David S. Goyer is all over the comic book-movie genre, having written the original stories for Batman Begins and The Dark Knight with Christopher Nolan, the Blade movies (as well as writing and directing Blade: Trinity), and he’s currently writing the script for Zack Snyder‘s Superman: Man of Steel. His foreword to the new graphic novel Superman: Secret Origins may have given away details of his approach to the new film’s story.
This excerpt from Goyer’s foreword seems to telegraph his intentions:
“There is a heart breaking moment halfway through the first chapter in which young Clark is told the truth about his heritage. He races out into the night, sobbing, stumbling through the cornfields. Eventually, his foster father, Jonathan, finds him.”
‘I don’t want to be someone else,’ says Clark. ‘I don’t want to be different. I want to be Clark Kent. »
- Anthony Vieira
By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Christian Bale balances blockbusters with art house pictures that flex his acting muscles and, I assume, nourish his creative soul. He goes from “Batman Begins” to “The New World” and “Rescue Dawn,” of “The Dark Knight” and “Terminator: Salvation” to “The Fighter.”
It sounds like he’ll play an American priest during the 1937 Nanjing Massacre for a film directed by Zhang Yimou.
Yeah, that sounds about right.
THR reports that Bale will star in Yimou’s “Nanjing Heroes.” The drama will begin filming in January, and will be feature both American and Mandarin dialogue. Bale rarely makes it easy on himself. It’s almost like he has to endure difficult acting challenges to atone for his popcorn efforts.
And I love him for it.
- Sean O'Connell
F. Scott Fitzgerald may have said that there were no second acts in American lives, but that presumably didn't include the Welsh-born Christian Bale, whose career to date seems to have been structured by Robert McKee. Beginning as a child star in Steven Spielberg's "Empire of the Sun," and working consistently into his teens in such films as "Newsies" and "Swing Kids," the actor firmly moved into the adult phase of his career with his iconic performance in "American Psycho." That, in turn, saw him win the role of Bruce Wayne/Batman in Christopher Nolan's revival "Batman Begins," which has firmly… »
There has seen a boom in big screen comic book adaptations recently and they’ve proved more popular than ever in 2010. With the likes of Kick Ass, Scott Pilgrim and Red this recent trend seems set to stay. To celebrate the Blu-ray and DVD release of Jonah Hex on December 27th, we decided to take a look at the Top 10 Comic to Film Adaptations.
Film(s): Batman, Batman and Robin (1940’s), Batman (1966), Batman Returns (1992), Batman Forever (1995), Batman & Robin (1997), Batman Begins (2005), The Dark Knight (2008), [Pre-production] The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
Adapted from: DC Comic book
Result: Batman & Robin was poorly reviewed yet Dark Knight triumphed, it was met with positive reviews and received eight Academy Award nominations
Adapted from: Marvel Comics book
Result: Each of the films set records upon release »
Get ready for a whole host of TV shows and movies to get you through the festive period - it's our look at UK telly...!
We've taken a scythe to the Christmas telly schedule to help you sort the geek from the chav. We hope the listing of shows and films will help brighten your holiday via the warm rays of the living room telly.
If we missed any of your favourites, please have a ho-ho-ho in the comments section, with our thanks and best wishes for a happy holiday.
Thursday December 23rd
Terry Pratchett's Hogfather Part 1 4:00pm Sky1 (repeats through 1st Jan)
24 series 8 6:00am Sky 2 (marathon consecutive run of the series' episodes)
8 Out Of 10 Cats Christmas Special 10:00pm Channel 4 (repeats 00:05am 27th Dec)
The Royle Family Christmas Special (2009) 00:45am Gold (repeats through 30th Dec)
Christmas Eve Friday December 24th
Terry Pratchett's Hogfather Part »
Filmmaker David O Russell has released a short audio commentary excerpt for a fighting sequence of The Fighter, his new film which stars Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale. Russell discusses how he employed a recreation of an early-90?s HBO Sports camera crew to shoot the in-ring sequences. Watch the clip embedded after the jump thanks to The Carpetbagger . Official Production Notes: Inspired by an incredible true story, comes the gritty, affectionately humorous, yet stirring comeback tale of the unlikely boxing hero, “Irish” Micky Ward (Mark Wahlberg), and his half-brother, Dicky Eklund (Christian Bale), who had to come apart as opponents before coming together as brothers in a scrappy fight to win a long-shot championship and strengthen the bonds of their family. Years in the making, The Fighter was shot in just 33 days on the blue-collar streets of Lowell, Massachusetts. Early on, producers David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman fell in »
- Peter Sciretta
Even with a colossal budget of $270 million, director Bryan Singer's Superman Returns still managed to turn a profit of $120 million and was considered by many a valiant attempt to recapture the myth and magic of Richard Donner's Superman.
But, comic book movie fans have a laundry list of complaints about the movie, from Superman's (Brandon Routh) use of his powers to become a peeping tom to his super-powered love child with Lois Lane (Kate Bosworth), a character that never existed in the comic books.
For Warner Bros. (WB), the movie was likely a huge disappointment in light of the $220 million profit Christopher Nolan's Batman Begins earned the year before. Whether motivated soley by profit or with the intent of appeasing the fans, WB has decided to reboot the franchise by bringing in Zack Snyder (300, Watchmen) to direct Superman: The Man of Steel.
- BrentJS Sprecher
Gary Collinson selects his Essential Movie Superheroes...
Although the comic-book superhero was generally overlooked by the movie industry until Richard Donner’s Superman: The Movie (1978) made you believe a man could fly, Hollywood failed to capitalise on this success over the next couple of decades and a stigma soon became attached to the genre. Save for a handful of notable exceptions (Warner Bros.’ Batman franchise was successful, but we all know how that turned out once Joel Schumacher got involved), it wasn’t until the release of the X-Men and Spider-Man movies that Hollywood really started to stand up and pay attention.
These days it seems you can’t breathe for superheroes – 2010 has seen the release of Iron Man II, Kick-Ass and Jonah Hex, while the next few years will see a host of superhero movies grace the screen including Thor and X-Men: First Class in 2011 along with the likes of Captain America, »
Christian Bale was worried his weight loss would go too far for "The Fighter". The star of "The Dark Knight", who is no stranger to transforming his physical shape for a part, has revealed he didn't look at "numbers" to prepare for the role of Dicky Eklund, a former welterweight boxer who was also a drug-addict in "The Fighter" and needed make-up at times to help him look skinnier.
"I'm a good 60 pounds heavier than a welterweight. I can't lose that much weight, because I wouldn't be able to box and train and everything," the 36 year old said. "I didn't look at numbers, I didn't look at scale, I just went down to what looked like might be the right body type for Dicky and the way that he fights as well."
"I couldn't go too far because if I went too far, I'd be able to play the crackhead side, »
Misfits! K-9! Little Crackers! Movies! Check out the joys heading to UK TV over the coming days...
This week, our TV highlights and recommendations take you only through the middle of the week and no further. But, please don't feel shortchanged, as we'll have a special Christmas holiday edition of Geek UK TV on Wednesday, to bring you through the holiday in telly style.
So, don't fret at the brevity of shows and films that follow, because a lorryload of great programming is winging it's way to us as we write this, and it's a heavy, heavy consignment, indeed, with more treats than coal, we hope, in store for us to enjoy.
So, here's the abbreviated version of new shows and specials arriving before the holiday dash...
Finding shared interests with children gets harder as we, and they, get older. So, now's the time for any Who devotees to instil »
More rumours and suggestions for The Dark Knight Rises appear online. See what you make of this little lot…
Let's be up front about this. Our current policy on the endless rumours for The Dark Knight Rises is this: we're interested in them, we'll talk about them, we don't believe them until something concrete comes from the production, and Christopher Nolan, himself. Given that we're about to discuss the fourth or fifth rumoured villain for the film, it's a policy we've got no intention of changing here.
Because what's been reported now is an apparent leak of the script for The Dark Knight Rises. We saw a supposed script leak for G.I. Joe 2 earlier in the year that we were able to verify with co-writer Rhett Reese was nothing of the sort. This one, as it turned out, has been dunked elsewhere, but we're coming to that.
The script »
We still don't know who the villain is for "The Dark Knight Rises," nor do we know the film's plot line. But one thing is for sure: Christopher Nolan's third trip to Gotham City is coming, and it's coming soon.
But as Nolan gears up for his latest round of crime-fighting with the Caped Crusader, he won't be sticking exclusively to Gotham. As was the case in both "Batman Begins" and "The Dark Knight," it appears that the next Batman movie will spend some time overseas in Asia.
Hero Complex alerts us to the news that Nolan is currently in Asia scouting shooting locations for "The Dark Knight Rises." Exactly where in Asia remains to be seen, but is it possible that Bats is headed back to Hong Kong?
- Josh Wigler
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