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Joss Whedon has been in the news lately for accusing movie studios of sexist for lack of female superhero films. We know that he was working on a "Wonder Woman" movie at one point, and just revealed that before he accepted the task of bringing "The Avengers" to the big screen, he was set to direct a film similar to "The Dark Knight," but about a female Batman. He explained: "I was thinking about, well, if I wasn't going to do 'Avengers 2,' what would I want to do? Of course the first thing I thought of was turn-of-the-century female Batman. Not Batman actually. But, you know, something cool. One person. Can't stress that enough. Movie about one person - not a team, not 10, just one. But [I would] do a nice hard action movie that combined all my favorite things." Whedon recently said that he will not return for "Avengers: Infinity War, »
Joss Whedon has been in the news a lot lately. One, for talking about how much he does not want to direct Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 and Part 2, and two, for rallying against a lack of female superhero movies. As it turns out, before he agreed to make Avengers: Age of Ultron, he had his sights set on directing a vigilante-type superhero movie with a woman it it's core.
The movie, which he likens to The Dark Knight, would have been made with Warner Bros. and DC. Before he came aboard the first Avengers, he was actually supposed to direct Wonder Woman for the studio. About the movie that could have been, had Age of Ultron not gotten in the way, he says:
"I was thinking about, Well, if I wasn't' going to do Avengers 2, what would I want to do? Of course the first thing I thought of was 'turn-of-the-century female Batman. »
Directed by: Kevin Reynolds
It could be the flop of all flops. At the time, “Waterworld” was the most expensive film ever made. Starring Kevin Costner, “Waterworld” is a science-fiction/fantasy film taking place roughly 500 years after the polar ice caps melted in the beginning of the 21st century, effectively covering the entire world with water. Dirt has become a commodity and an unknown traveler named “the Mariner” (Costner) is trying to find anywhere to trade his stash. The catch: he’s a mutant, with gills, allowing him to breathe underwater. He is joined by a woman named Helen (Jeannie Tripplehorn) and child named Enola (Tina Majorino) with an elaborate map tattooed on her back. They sail the world and encounter various groups of survivors. They are pursued by a group of evil forces, led by an eye-patched man called “the Deacon” (Dennis Hopper). The special effects are actually pretty impressive, »
- Joshua Gaul
Our crew is hard at work covering the Sundance Film Festival. Here is the first batch of review with more to come.
‘The D Train’ promises a fun, twisty ride Sundance 2015: ‘A Walk in the Woods’ will have you running for the exits Sundance 2015: ‘Slow West’ is a tense and thoughtful revisionist western Sundance 2015: ‘Princess’ is one of Sundance’s best Sundance 2015: Maybe the dingos should eat ‘Strangerland’ Sundance 2015: Ben Mendelsohn is the jackpot in otherwise middling ‘Mississippi Grind’ Sundance 2015: ‘Me & Earl & the Dying Girl’ an emotional, honest and hilarious experience Sundance 2015: ‘The End of the Tour’ a quiet, affecting primer on the life of David Foster Wallace Sundance 2015: ‘Cop Car’ is an instant Americana genre film classic Sundance 2015: ‘Girlhood’ rivals Linklater’s opus Sundance 2015: ‘Knock Knock’ sees Eli Roth and Keanu Reeves offer camp glory Sundance 2015: ‘Eden »
Get Ready For Marvel’S Next Smash Hit Film With This Official Prequel! Before Scott Lang becomes Marvel’s shrinking sensation, Dr. Hank Pym will pull on the helmet and leap into action on a death-defying mission that will take him into the icy heart of Cold War East Berlin!
Ant-Man is set for release on July 17th, 2015, and also stars Michael Douglas (Behind The Candelabra) as Dr. Hank Pym, Evangeline Lilly (The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug) as Hope Van Dyne, Corey Stoll (House of Cards) as Darren Cross / Yellowjacket, John Slattery (Iron Man 2) as Howard Stark, Hayley Atwell (Captain America: The First Avenger) as Peggy Carter and Bobby Cannavale (The Long Play), Michael Peña (American Hustle), Abby Ryder Fortson »
- Gary Collinson
Bathed in fluorescent lights, the telemarketing office where Evan (Fran Kranz of The Cabin in the Woods) works seems to be sucking the life out of his soul, but he’ll have to worry about the same thing happening to his lifeblood when a vampire takes his sought-after promotion. Such is the horror-comedy setup in Bloodsucking Bastards, a recent Slamdance screening that Shout! Factory just picked up:
Press Release - “Los Angeles / New York / Park City (January 29, 2015) – Shout! Factory, a leading multi- platform entertainment company, has acquired the North American rights to Bloodsucking Bastards, a vampire comedy-horror feature directed by Brian James O’Connell and penned by the comedy troupe Dr. God from an original script by Ryan Mitts. The announcement was made today by Shout! Factory’s founder Richard Foos, Bob Emmer and Garson Foos, and the producers of the film.
In this picture deal, Shout! Factory secured exclusive »
- Derek Anderson
Lego continues to amaze with their Ultimate Collector's Series of sets like The Dark Knight's Tumbler and the Star Wars Slave-1 set. The latest addition to the line is the amazing S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier which has been a popular request via the Lego Ideas website. This March, fans will finally get the chance to buy the $349.99 model. Coming in at 11 inches high, 31 inches long and 17 inches wide, the set will be made up of 2,996 pieces including five new minifigures and 12 microscale »
- Alex Maidy
Do you know what Christopher Nolan’s first exposure to Batman was? It wasn’t Frank Miller’s grim ‘n’ gritty comic books The Dark Knight Returns or Year One, the latter of which was drawn on heavily by the director. It wasn’t Grant Morrison and Dave McKean’s Arkham Asylum, the first truly deep psychological analysis of the character and his enemies. Not the gold standard Batman: The Animated Series.
“I think like a lot of people my age, my first memories of Batman were from the television series with Adam West,” he says. Yes, the sixties Batman, with all of its high camp, go-go dancing, and sound effects popping up on screen. So pretty much the polar opposite of Nolan’s grounded, realistic take on the character in his Dark Knight trilogy. Right.
Well, don’t be so sure. “Still, I think that for something »
- Tom Baker
Hollywood is known for physical transformations, and stars often take pride in losing tons of weight - sometimes for a role and other times just to get healthier. But for a few actors, the results of the rapid weight-loss are downright startling.
Here's a look at six celebs who lost a shocking amount of weight.
The Hangover star's dramatic weight-loss first made headlines in October when the once-portly comedian showed up to the screening of Birdman, on the closing night of the New York Film Festival, having gone down a few clothing sizes.
His new, slimmer look also surprised people when he was featured in the opening of the 2015 SAG Awards. It's estimated that Galifianakis may have lost as much as 50 pounds.
Photos: Before & After: Celebs' Most Dramatic Transformations
The Prisoners star famously dropped 30 pounds for his role as the deranged freelance crime photographer Louis Bloom in the Oscar-nominated thriller Nightcrawler. Gyllenhaal, who has »
In what could be described as potentially perfect casting, Deadline is reporting that Walt Disney Pictures and Lucasfilm Ltd. are rumoured to be contemplating a reboot of their Indiana Jones franchise, with Chris Pratt (Guardians of the Galaxy, Jurassic World) their apparent No. 1 choice to take over from Harrison Ford.
While any official word may be some way off, it would seem like a match made in heaven for a potential reboot, and many fans of Pratt have speculated before that he would make a great Indy.
The last film in the franchise, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, was released in 2008 to mixed reviews, but still managed a worldwide gross of over $780 million, second only that year to The Dark Knight in the yearly box-office charts.
- Scott J. Davis
Artist SalBa Combé created this extremely awesome fan art for Frank Miller's The Dark Knight Returns. The character designs that he came up with are so freakin' cool. I'd love to see these brought to life in some kind of CG animation. That Batman armor just looks excellent. Here's what the artist had to say about the designs:
"Some time ago I made these three designs based on 'The Dark Knight Returns' by Frank Miller, and some people asked me if this Batman was who fights against Superman in the end of the comic? No, that was a Batman older, rougher and more realist than Batman with spandex and micro-kevlar suits. But this batman yes it´s that armored batman. I hope you like and thanks for this visit." »
- Joey Paur
Manuel here to offer some random box office facts about the acting races. The big Oscar box office story continues to be American Sniper’s unprecedented success, so much so that Bradley Cooper garnered a shoutout last night at the SAG Awards despite not being nominated. I’m starting to feel the Best Picture category might not be the only three-way race as we wade deeper into Phase 2. Numbers and statistics junkie that I imagine myself to be, I was curious to see whether the past fifteen years’ worth of box office numbers in the acting categories could help us gleam anything about potential outcomes. Spoiler alert: not much, but enjoy the following random tidbits below.
As it stands, Bradley, Rosamund Pike, Robert Duvall (improbably, really) and Meryl Streep hold the title as the highest grossing nominees from their respective races. How might this help Bradley; well, let's take a »
- Manuel Betancourt
If Chance the Gardner, the TV-educated savant played by Peter Sellers in “Being There,” had lived together with his six siblings, it might have looked something like “The Wolfpack,” a truly stranger-than-fiction portrait of a New York family who’ve taken great pains to shelter their children from the outside world, but not from the world of Hollywood movies. Indeed, so weirdly fascinating is the tale of the Angulo clan that one wishes “The Wolfpack” were that much sharper, more searching and coherently organized. Still, there is much to enjoy in director Crystal Moselle’s debut documentary feature, which if nothing else begs a where-are-they-now sequel a few years down the road.
There’s a certain fated coincidence to the fact that “The Wolfpack” premiered in Sundance on the same day as Alex Gibney’s “Going Clear,” another documentary about a hermetic community started by a self-styled guru with entertainment-industry aspirations. »
- Scott Foundas
David Ayer's Suicide Squad is quickly becoming one of the most talked-about movies of the year, and it doesn't even open until 2016. We've already pointed out how this is a very important project for Warner Bros. and DC to get right in the wake of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and today has brought a whole new round of rumors for us to mull over.
The studio is on the hunt to fill one of the lead roles, since Tom Hardy and Jake Gyllenhaal have both passed on playing Rick Flag. Last week, we heard that Joel Edgerton and Jon Bernthal were being eyed as possible replacements, but now JoBlo has an unconfirmed rumor that Star Trek's Karl Urban is in the mix for the role as well. Urban was just mentioned as a contender for a role in Aquaman, but that deal depends on which script »
- Ben Pearson
Evan’s experiencing a very rude awakening. He lifts his head from the steering wheel to see the hood of his taxi rammed into the underbelly of a truck. Someone else’s blood is spattered on his face, and standing not far from his passenger door window are two zombies… the first of many Evan will encounter in Isolated, the new CGI-animated short film from Tomas Vergara that we have for Daily Dead visitors to watch.
Clocking in at about five minutes, Peak Pictures’ Isolated features plenty of heart-pumping suspense, an intriguing story, and zombies that emerge slowly from the shadows, though they are capable of sprinting down the city streets (effectively evoking both George A. Romero’s living dead and the zombies of Zack Snyder’s Dawn of the Dead remake).
Chilean co-writer/director Vergara revealed in an interview with The Daily Dot that the majority of Isolated was shot with performance capture technology, »
- Derek Anderson
We had some small news about The Joker’s role in Suicide Squad previously due to some early script leaks (he will take a Hannibal Lecter in The Silence of the Lambs type role), and now we have some new details.
According to the good folk over at JoBlo, the idea of The Joker in the Suicide Squad is to tease previous battles with Batman before the two theoretically collide in a Batman solo movie which is said to take on the Joker section of Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns. The website claims that “The Joker is scarred all over his body because of his battles with Batman, he plays mind games with people and twists [their] minds, [and] everyone is afraid of him.”
- Luke Owen
Thanks to Entertainment Weekly, we’ve got a new image from HBO’s upcoming Westworld TV adaptation, featuring Ed Harris as The Man in Black, a character described as “the distillation of pure villainy into one man”…
Based on Michael Crichton’s 1973 film of the same name, Westworld is produced by Jonathan Nolan (The Dark Knight), Lisa Joy (Burn Notice) and J.J. Abrams (Star Trek), and will see Harris joined in the cast by the likes of Anthony Hopkins (Thor: The Dark World), James Marsden (X-Men), Ingrid Bolso Berdal (Hercules), Eddie Rouse (American Gangster), Demetrius Grosse (Justified), Kyle Bornheimer (Bachelorette), Currie Graham (Murder in the First), Lena Georgas (Ray Donovan), Steven Ogg (Grand Theft Auto V), Timothy Lee DePriest (With the Angels), Evan Rachel Wood (True Blood), Jeffrey Wright (The Hunger Game: Mockingjay), Rodrigo Santoro (300: Rise of an Empire), Shannon Woodward (Raising Hope), Angela Sarafyan (The Immigrant), and Simon Quarterman »
- Gary Collinson
Some footage has arrived online from an abandoned Justice League video game for the Xbox 360 from developers Double Helix which sees The Dark Knight going up against the Man of Steel, giving us a taste of next year’s hotly-anticipated DC ensemble Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Well, kind of…
Update: And here’s another video, this time featuring Bizarro taking on Bane…
And here’s a batch of concept art from the unreleased game…
Source: Comic Book
- Gary Collinson
In 2010, video game developer Double Helix was developing a Justice League video game. The was never completed and no footage from it had appeared, until today. We got see the Man Of Steel and The Dark Knight duke it out just like what we saw in Injustice: Gods Among Us, which was made after Double Helix's. Now, we can check out some concept art that was created for the game by conceptual illustrator Darran Douglas Hurlbut (via Cb). There are character designs for Batman (Bruce Wayne), Green Lantern (John Stewart), Star Sapphire (Carol Ferris), Captain Cold (Leonard Snart), The Trickster (Axel Walker), Mr. Freeze (Dr. Victor Fries) and Martian Manhunter (J'onn J'onzz). Which one is your favorite? »
The remake/reboot of "The Crow" franchise has been in the works for some time, but the film has gone through an awkward development phase and has seen a delay in production. Filmmaker F. Javier Gutierrez dropped out late last year, ultimately being replaced by Corin Hardy in December.
Frequent music video director Hardy is in Sundance right now to promote his feature film debut "The Hollow" and spoke to Fangoria about what he's aiming for with this reboot:
"I...want to open the story up in such a way that the Crow is now part of a world where there are the Marvel movies and The Dark Knight movies. I intend it to be incredibly emotional and brutal, and all the things you'd want from a Crow film.
I want to make a movie that I would have wanted to see, as a huge fan of The Crow... I'm »
- Garth Franklin
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