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As much as I loved Christian Bale’s take on The Dark Knight in Christopher Nolan’s trilogy, it is always refreshing to see the actor take on more intimately dramatic films. In Out Of The Furnace, Bale plays a loving brother who finds himself at war with a very volatile baddie courtesy of the fantastic Woody Harrelson. Both Bale and his on-screen brother Casey Affleck offer two wonderfully complex performances and it is a pleasure to see this great actor taking on roles »
I saw a weird screening of Fast Five at Austin’s Alamo Drafthouse Cinema last month, featuring a comedy troupe called Master Pancake who sit in the theater’s front row and mock the film — it’s basically like Mystery Science Theater 3000 performed live. The comics ripped Vin Diesel’s grunty performance, the crazily implausibly stunts, the gaping plot holes. Yet even after the film was comically eviscerated, I knew none of the quips and critiques would diminish my future enjoyment of watching the Fast & Furious franchise.
But you know what does diminish it? Utterly destroys it, actually?
- James Hibberd
Nearly a decade after “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” pulled off one of the biggest Oscar-night sweeps of all time, it seems almost unthinkable that it could have played out any other way. But in the days leading up to that year’s ceremony, there were whispers around town that Peter Jackson’s trilogy-capping epic couldn’t possibly win best picture, because it was (gasp!) a fantasy film — a genre the Academy had never once seen fit to honor in its 75-year existence.
Fortunately, rules are made to be broken, and 10 years on from that milestone, the Academy’s alleged prejudice against fantasy/sci-fi movies, suspense thrillers and other strands of popular storytelling seems largely a thing of the past. That’s potentially good news for some of this year’s popular prestige entries, including pictures as different as “Prisoners,” “Lone Survivor,” “Captain Phillips” and »
- Justin Chang
There is no “in case you’ve been living under a rock” in terms of the awareness level of "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues,” the long overdue sequel to 2004's "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy." If you’ve lived under said rock in the last month, chances are Will Ferrell, in full Ron Burgundy regalia, has lifted up your stone and convivially asked you the way to San Diego. It’s also very possible Ferrell/Burgundy asked you if you needed any underpants, ice cream or Scotch while he was down there on his knees messing up his well-tailored maroon-colored pants, all in the name of not-so-subtly enlightening you to the existence of "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.” This is to say the marketing barrage and promo tie-ins for the film of late have been certifiably ubiquitous and near assaultive. Sure, there have always been pre-release marketing tie-ins before »
- Drew Taylor
In the new trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Andrew Garfield’s Peter Parker feels like the world is plotting against him, especially since the more good he seems to do as Spider-Man, the greater the forces of evil rise. “It’s just a matter of time before I face those with more power than I can overcome.”
The first real footage from the sequel unveils plenty of shady characters: an armored Rhino, Jamie Foxx’s blue Electro, Dane DeHaan’s not-even-pretending-to-be-nice Harry Osborn, the raspy-voiced Oscorp shadow from the first film’s post-credit teaser, and someone suited up in a Goblin-like hi-tech military suit. »
- Jeff Labrecque
Earlier this week we heard from Man of Steel star Henry Cavill as he spoke about the addition of Ben Affleck (Argo) as The Dark Knight in 2015's hotly-anticipated sequel Batman vs. Superman, while today has brought us the news that Gal Gadot (Fast & Furious 6) has been cast in the role of Wonder Woman. However, speaking about the various DC references in this year's Superman reboot, Cavill has revealed that there's another member of the Justice League who he's keen to see lining up alongside the Man of Steel as part of the DC Cinematic Universe at some stage.
"There's one obvious one which is now particularly obvious because of our next instalment, involving Batman. We see Wayne Enterprises on the satellite in space. We also see some references to LexCop - I actually have no further knowledge of this next story [for Batman vs. Superman], but there's a good chance that Lex »
- Gary Collinson
One of the big question marks about the film has been who Jones would cast, and now the studio has announced the first round of official casting news.
Jones is directing from a script first penned by Charles Leavitt (Blood Diamond), with the director himself doing a rewrite after coming on board to helm the blockbuster, following Sam Raimi’s exit last year.
- Kenji Lloyd
Christian Bale is all over the big screen this month, appearing in both Out of the Furnace and American Hustle. Since his breakout in Empire of the Sun at age 13, Bale has had a steady career of hits, receiving accolades for being one of Hollywood's most versatile actors. Before you head to the theater to check out his new films, see if you can match these stills to the Bale movies they came from! Question 1 of 5 ? Name that movie: American Psycho The Dark Knight Public Enemies The Prestige »
- Maggie Pehanick
With production on “Fast and Furious 7″ now halted indefinitely, it seems increasingly unlikely that Universal will be able to make its July 11, 2014, release date — a potential blow for the Comcast-owned studio, which was relying on the franchise tentpole to boost next year’s bottom line.
The question now becomes how much does the departure of “Fast 7″ from the summer 2014 slate affect the studio overall and whether the film would be able to reach the mammoth box office heights of its predecessors during a different play period.
“I don’t think it means anything at this point,” said Hal Vogel, an analyst at Vogel Capital Management. “It’s too early to know.” Vogel pointed out that normal cast insurance would cover the filming costs incurred by delaying the production, though only for a limited time.
“The longer term outlook is less clear because the theme of all of this is fast-car racing, »
- Andrew Stewart and Ramin Setoodeh
Following the rumors that characters like Nightwing and Wonder Woman would appear in Batman vs. Superman, some casting possibilities emerged with Adam Driver circling the role of Bruce Wayne's former sidekick turned solo and names like Gal Gadot and Elodie Yung were potentially up for the Amazon heroine. Now Variety has confirmed that Fast & Furious franchise star Gal Gadot has officially landed the role of Wonder Woman in the gestating sequel to Man of Steel that will introduce Ben Affleck as The Dark Knight opposite Henry Cavill as Superman. And this isn't speculation as Zack Snyder has made a statement. Snyder confirmed the casting, adding: "Wonder Woman is arguably one of the most powerful female characters of all time and a fan favorite in the DC Universe. Not only is Gal an amazing actress, but she also has that magical quality that makes her perfect for the role. We look »
- Ethan Anderton
Yesterday we heard from Superman himself Henry Cavill about Ben Affleck joining him as The Dark Knight in 2015 for Warner Bros.' eagerly-anticipated DC Comics team-up Batman vs. Superman, and now Affleck has spoken to Entertainment Weekly about the release of the extended edition of Argo, during which the conversation shifted to the Man of Steel sequel, which is gearing up to go into production early next year.
"Well, I don’t want to get too far afield and I’m sure I’ll have time to talk about Batman down the road," said Affleck when asked about Kevin Smith's comments about seeing the actor in the Batsuit. "What I’ll say is that I really like Zack Snyder. From what I’ve seen of what’s Zack is doing, it’s made me very excited. One of the nice things about being an actor in that movie is »
- Gary Collinson
There’s little doubt that Batman vs. Superman is going to be one of the biggest superhero movie events of all time. The question is: Will Ben Affleck have the acting chops to convincingly play a guy who runs around dressed up like a bat and hits people? It may seem a little incongruous when compared to the fierce intensity of, say, Christian Bale, but Affleck says his Batman is going to be a “unique take” on the character which does not “compete” with the one you know and love from Christopher Nolan’s films.
“I don’t want to give away too much, but the idea for the new Batman is to redefine him in a way that doesn’t compete with Bale and »
- Jeremy Clymer
Lionsgates' 'I, Frankenstein' hits theatres next month on 24 January. However, over in Russia folks will get to check out the big screen adaptation of the popular graphic novel a day earlier. A point drilled home on this new piece of Russian banner art. Stuart Beattie directs the feature which is of course based on the original Darkstorm Studios graphic novel penned by Kevin Grevioux ('Underworld: Rise of the Lycans'). 'I, Frankenstein' stars Aaron Eckhart ('The Dark Knight'), Yvonne Strahovski ('Dexter'), Bill Nighy ('Shaun of the Dead'), Socratis Otto ('Gone'), Miranda Otto ('Locke and Key'), Jai Courtney, Mahesh Jadu, Caitlin Stasey and Aden Young. Check out the banner below. »
Zack Snyder’s currently untitled Batman Vs. Superman project doesn’t hit screens until summer 2015. That’s basically a year and six months from now, but you’ll probably be hearing a little nugget about it every single day until its July 17th, 2015 release date. The latest? Ben Affleck sat down for a long interview with Mike Flemming for Playboy (via Latino Review) and the Deadliner got some decent Batman questions in. While Affleck danced around answers, some replies were interesting. When asked how Affleck’s take on Batman will differ from Christian Bale’s Batman, the “Argo” actor/director didn’t really answer, but said his version wouldn’t “compete” with the “The Dark Knight” trilogy that came before it. “I don’t want to give away too much, but the idea for the new Batman is to redefine him in a way that doesn’t compete with Bale »
- Edward Davis
Hot Jennifer Lawrence, Wet Robert Redford: New York Film Critics Awards 2013 winners (photo: Jennifer Lawrence in ‘American Hustle’) A crime drama featuring con men, mafiosi, and FBI agents, the David O. Russell-directed, real-life inspired American Hustle won three New York Film Critics Circle Awards earlier today, December 3, 2013: Best Picture; Best Screenplay for Russell and Eric Singer; and Best Supporting Actress for Jennifer Lawrence for her performance as con man and FBI mole Christian Bale’s steamy, big-mouthed wife. (Full list of Nyfcc 2013 award winners.) Last year, Jennifer Lawrence was the New York Film Critics’ runner-up in the Best Actress category for both The Hunger Games and Silver Linings Playbook. The latter film, also directed by David O. Russell, earned her the Best Actress Academy Award earlier this year. Besides Jennifer Lawrence, whose The Hunger Games: Catching Fire may turn out to be the biggest 2013 blockbuster in North America, »
- Andre Soares
With news of DC Comics’ television universe coming together after numerous reports have claimed that a number of shows are in development, many were left wondering about DC’s big screen film universe. With this years Man Of Steel hinting at larger elements of the DC cinematic universe, its sequel Batman Vs. Superman will break it wide open in 2015 with the plot rumoured to include a vast array of characters including Wonder Woman and Nightwing.
After David S. Goyer (Blade Trinity/The Dark Knight trilogy) signed a three year deal with Warner Bros., the writer/producer/director has been all but confirmed as the new creative consultant for the DC film universe, similar to Joss Whedon’s role over at Marvel. Now a new report claims 2014′s big news is that Goyer is taking film treatments for lesser known DC properties that will be developed at a fraction of the »
- Ben Read
He may not be ready to spill all of Superman / Batman’s secrets just yet, but Ben Affleck, the man who inspired online vitriol for daring to tackle The Dark Knight has at least tried on the Bat suit. While talking to Entertainment Weekly about the release of Argo on Blu-ray, he dropped a few hints about having seen Zack Snyder’s preparations for shooting the superhero mash-up.Clearly, Snyder’s build up to production has impressed Affleck. “What I’ll say is that I really like Zack. From what I’ve seen of what’s Zack is doing, it’s made me very excited. One of the nice things about being an actor in that movie is they show you all the stuff before anyone else gets to see it. So all the sort of world-creation, and the take on the character and the other characters is really exciting. »
We said a few days ago that news from the Batman vs. Superman camp has been quiet while talking about the Kent Farm photos, so it's about time someone came out in an interview to talk about the "controversial" casting of Ben Affleck as The Dark Knight.
"I’m sure he’ll be fantastic, above all else, and as a filmmaker he’s got his own style, you know, he’s not copying anyone else. And he’s also sort of been tenacious in his career. He’s had ups followed by downs and now he’s very up again and I think that requires and shows a very special strength of character, and it’s something I enjoy working with because jobs »
Harry Lennix not only played the role of General Swanwick in Zack Snyder's Man Of Steel, but when the director needed someone with enough gravitas to read a passage from Frank Miller's The Dark Knight Returns at Comic Con to herald the announcement of the sequel, he turned to Lennix once again. “Zack introduced me and the people understood what was coming,” the actor explains to Collider. “It was all in real time, and the audience was playing catch-up to the mysterious weight of this reading. Just to be a part of that and to really be going on auto-pilot was just surreal. It was like an out-of-body experience. I couldn’t see anybody out there, just because of the nature of the configuration, but I could feel them. It’s like having sonar. You could feel this wave of energy coming up, the lights black out, and »
This is the age of the Superhero movie.
With the success of films like Man of Steel, the enormous Avengers franchise, The Dark Knight Trilogy and The Amazing Spider-Man the genre couldn’t be more popular. However while many franchises were born and have died since it first started in 2000, there’s one series of films that has kept going on after 13 years, 6 films and at least three potential sequels in development: the X-Men Franchise is with any doubt one of the best ones out there.
After the failure that X-Men: The Last Stand and X-Men Origins: Wolverine meant to the franchise, and a much needed shot in the arm, things are going pretty well for Fox’s superhero movies. First Class was an excellent film and The Wolverine is definitely one of the most badass films of the year, and with Days of Future Past meaning the return of »
- Alejandro Montanaro
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