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Berlinale launches Talents Beirut

1 April 2014 5:56 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Berlinale Talents bolsters collaboration with the Arab world with inaugural programme of masterclasses and workshops in Beirut.

The Berlinale has unveiled plans for the inaugural edition of Talents Beirut. The programme will invite about 15 promising Arab cinematographers, editors and sound designers/score composers to take part in a four-day programme of master classes and workshops and will be held from September 18-21, 2014.

Expanding in the Middle East and Northern Africa, Talents Beirut will be part of the international network of Talents initiatives aiming to support and connect emerging filmmakers worldwide, linking to the range of programmes and platforms the Berlin International Film Festival annually offers.

Those eligible to apply include emerging cinematographers, editors and sound designers/score composers from Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, the Palestinian Territories, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, the United Arab Emirates and Yemen.

Applications will be taken via www.talents-beirut.com from »

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

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Does 'Batman Vs. Superman' Take Place in the Nolan Universe?

18 March 2014 3:34 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

With Batman Vs. Superman gearing up to start production this spring, MoviePilot.com has unearthed several new details regarding Ben Affleck's Batman in this highly-anticipated superhero sequel. Of course, none of this has been confirmed yet, but if they do prove to be true, there will be plenty of spoilers listed below, so read on at your own risk.

We reported in September that Batman will be "tired and weary" in this sequel directed by Zack Snyder, but this new report indicates that Bruce Wayne will be 40 years old and "retired" from crimefighting for seven years, which is allegedly the time gap between Man of Steel and The Dark Knight Rises. This report also claims that the events of Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight are being treated as "canon," although certain aspects such as Bane's death and Thalia's involvement will not be canon.

After the events of The Dark Knight Rises, »

- MovieWeb

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Lex Luthor: Who played the Superman villain best?

7 February 2014 11:00 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Superman's nemesis Lex Luthor has been in the headlines recently after it was revealed that Jesse Eisenberg will be playing him in the upcoming Batman vs Superman movie.

The super-villain first appeared in the DC comic books in 1940 and, although the archenemy of Superman, he has also come into conflict with Batman and other superheroes in the DC Universe.

Originally depicted as a mad scientist who used his intelligence to create futuristic weapons, Lex Luthor evolved into a bald businessman and industrialist whose sky-high intelligence compensated for his lack of superpowers.

With Eisenberg stirring debate as the newest incarnation of the villain, we take a look back at the actors who've taken on Lex Luthor and ask who played him best.

Lyle Talbot (Atom Man vs Superman)

Talbot was not only the first actor to take on Lex Luthor, he was also the first live-action actor to play two »

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Batman Vs. Superman: Possible Lex Luthor Details Revealed

6 February 2014 10:51 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

When Jesse Eisenberg was cast as the villainous Lex Luthor in Batman Vs. Superman last week, the Internet was flooded with numerous jokes comparing the LexCorp CEO to Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, whom the actor portrayed in the Oscar-nominated drama The Social Network. New details have surfaced regarding who this version of Lex Luthor really is, and it seems the Mark Zuckerberg comparisons may not be too far off, but there is still much more to the character than fans may expect.

Be warned, there will be spoilers for Batman Vs. Superman from here on out, so read on at your own risk.

Yesterday, we reported that insiders weren't sure if the actor was going to sport the bald look, but today's report from Latino Review reveals that Lex will not only be bald, but he will also sport an elaborate tattoo of the Metropolis skyline that covers his right arm. »

- MovieWeb

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Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor: Miscast or Inspired Choice?

31 January 2014 1:48 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The announcement from Warner Bros. today that Jesse Eisenberg had been cast as Lex Luthor in the untitled Superman-Batman sequel scheduled for 2016 was met with howls from the blogosphere.

But in this case, the Internet might actually have a point. Eisenberg, who received an Oscar nomination for playing Mark Zuckerberg in 2010′s “The Social Network,” doesn’t exactly scream evil comic-book villain. And he’s a departure from other names that had been floated for the role, such as “Breaking Bad” star Bryan Cranston.

Variety’s Ramin Setoodeh and Justin Kroll debate the pros and cons of casting Eisenberg in the much-anticipated tentpole opposite Ben Affleck as Batman and Henry Cavill as Superman.

Ramin Setoodeh: Do the citizens of Metropolis even use Facebook? The decision to cast Eisenberg as Luthor is unexpected, to say the least, and combine that with Affleck as Batman, and I’m a little worried »

- Ramin Setoodeh and Justin Kroll

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Ranking the Films of The Coen Bros.

23 January 2014 8:22 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Joel and Ethan Coen have built a reputation as two of the most visionary and idiosyncratic filmmakers working today. Dabbling in Film Noir to screwball comedy, from off-beat indies to big-budget studio pieces, their films are adored by critics and audiences alike. The two-man writer-director-producer-editor team, have long been regarded by cinephiles as masters of the craft. Choosing our favourite Coen Bros. film isn’t an easy task, but we asked our staff to rank their films from favourite to least favourite. The results were interesting, with Fargo running away with first place, and two of their 16 films not producing enough votes to justify making the cut (The Lady Killers, Intolerable Cruelty). Here are the results. Let us know which is your favourite Coen Bros. film?

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13. Burn After Reading, 2008

Leave it to Joel and Ethan Coen to follow-up their award winning mammoth No Country for Old Men just a year later with the spry, »

- Ricky

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