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British second time director Steven Knight brings an ingenious thriller of 84 minutes in length solely shot in one location; the inside of a car. Its name: Locke. Welsh construction manager Ivan Locke, played by Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight, Bronson, Warrior, Inception), has an ideal life. He has the perfect family, a dream job and tomorrow should be the crowning moment of his career; Europe's biggest concrete filling in history. But one call will force him to make a decision that will put all of that on the line. He drives home at night and receives a phone call revealing that in a couple of hours he is about to become a father with a woman he had a one-nighter with and afterwards never...
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The latest entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, has continued Marvel Studios’ fine run of box office form, with the Phase Two sequel having now passed $600 million worldwide.
With $205 million domestically, The Winter Soldier is now just $1 million away from overtaking the North American haul of Thor: The Dark World, while globally the Chris Evans-headlined sequel is fast approaching Iron Man 2 ($623.9 million) and Thor: The Dark World ($644.8 million).
Despite competition from rival superhero flick The Amazing Spider-Man 2, the Captain America sequel should have no problem overtaking Thor: The Dark World, which would make it the third-highest grossing Marvel Studios release behind The Avengers ($1.518 billion) and Iron Man 3 ($1.215 billion).
As it happens, The Winter Soldier also looks set to surpass Warner Bros. Superman reboot Man of Steel ($668 million), which would bode well for the big showdown between the two film’s sequels on May 6th, »
- Gary Collinson
With Wally Pfister’s directorial debut Transcendence opening on April 25th this is the perfect time to take a look at some of the best cinematographers in movie history who’ve become successful directors.
Pfister has been working with Christopher Nolan since Memento (2000) and the two were inseparable up until this point, with Pfister being Nolan’s Director of Photography on Insominia (2002), The Prestige (2006), Inception (2010) and The Dark Knight (2005- 2012) Trilogy. He even found time for Moneyball (2011) and music documentary Marley (2012).
Transcendence is his first foray into the world of feature-film directing and he’s supported by an impressive cast that includes Johnny Depp, Rebecca Hall, Paul Bettany, and Kate Mara, plus Batman-alumni Cillian Murphy and Morgan Freeman. The film centres on terminally ill scientist Will Caster (Depp), who decides to upload his mind into a computer. Once achieved, it gives him power beyond his wildest expectations but then events »
- Dan Bullock
As part of The Dark Knight’s 75th anniversary celebrations, DC Entertainment has announced that a large selection of its titles will be receiving special Batman variant covers throughout July, with a host of artists such as Kevin Nowlan, Klaus Janson, Jim Steranko, Walt Simonson, Graham Nolan, Cliff Chiang, Sean Murphy, Dave Johnson, Dan Jurgens and Mike Kaluta all contributing. As a special preview, here’s a look at Jim Steranko’s cover…
And for those of you planning on picking up all the variants, you’d better get saving up. Here’s a full list of all the titles…
Action Comics #33
Batman And Robin #33
Detective Comics #33
Earth 2 #25
Green Lantern #33
Green Lantern Corps #33
Harley Quinn #8
Justice League #33
Justice League Dark #33
Justice League United #3
Superman/Wonder Woman #10
Teen Titans #1
The Flash #33
Wonder Woman #33
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- Gary Collinson
The second arc of Batman: Zero Year is collected as the New 52 origin of The Dark Knight delves into Bruce Wayne’s past with the Red Hood Gang and his run-ins with aspiring District Attorney Harvey Dent! You won’t want to miss the moment that Bruce becomes Batman! This new hardcover collects Batman #21-24. How To Enter 1. Like "ComicBookMovie.com" on Facebook by clicking Here. 2. To Double your chances of winning, Follow Me and then Retweet the Tweet below. Retweet And Follow @Josh_Wilding For Your Chance To Win A Copy Of The Batman Vol. 4: Zero Year–Secret City Hardcover. pic.twitter.com/WMDRBiuLD9 — Josh Wilding (@Josh_Wilding) April 22, 2014 »
Some scenes for “Star Wars Episode VII” have already been shot in the Middle East, Disney chairman Alan Horn confirmed, while principal photography is slated to begin in May at U.K.’s Pinewood Studios.
“We did some second-unit work in Abu Dhabi,” Horn said, speaking at the Bloomberg and Tribeca Film Festival Business of Entertainment Breakfast Tuesday in New York. “We have to give that the ‘Star Wars’-ian look, if I can use that as an adjective — we need to go to these places.”
Horn said casting is “almost complete,” as he indicated two weeks ago, but that Disney is not prepared to make any announcements yet.
- Todd Spangler
With The Dark Knight, the majority of fans agree that Christopher Nolan perfected the big screen Batsuit. Batman Begins was certainly a step in the right direction (especially after the hard to forget Bat-nipples in Batman & Robin), but streamlining the suit and giving the Caped Crusader the ability to actually turn his head would ultimately make a world of difference.
Of course, Christian Bale’s time as Batman came to an end with The Dark Knight Rises in 2012, and we’re now all anxiously waiting to see what Ben Affleck will look like in the iconic costume. Rumour has it that a first look at “Batfleck” is on the way, so we thought that now would be a good time to look ahead to the designs which Batman Vs. Superman director Zack Snyder will have hopefully looked at for inspiration.
We’ve also listed a number of other takes on »
- Josh Wilding
While promoting X-Men: Days of Future Past at WonderCon over the weekend, producer Simon Kinberg revealed new details about The Fantastic Four reboot, confirming that this version of the Marvel comic books is more of a coming-of-age story, while teasing how Reed Richards (Miles Teller), Johnny Storm (Michael B. Jordan), Sue Storm (Kate Mara) and Ben Grimm (Jamie Bell) get their powers.
Since this is a much younger cast than the original 2005 Fantastic Four, the story is said to be reminiscent of the Ultimate Fantastic Four comics, where the four main characters are all in college. Simon Kinberg revealed in an interview with Den of Geek that the reboot is still an origin story, but they still have a lot of growing up to do.
"We're definitely telling a younger story that the original films did. It depends on what books you look at. There are some, like the Ultimate books, »
Just under a couple weeks ago, we highlighted a cool new animated short from Bruce Timm, the man behind the spectacular "Batman: The Animated Series." The short is just one of many special things happening this year in order to commemorate the 75th anniversary of Batman. And now a second animated short from Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment has popped up online, this one using the world of the animated series "Batman Beyond" to pay tribute to The Dark Knight. Fans will hear the return of Kevin Conroy as Bruce Wayne and Will Friedle as Terry McGinnis, and it's a cool short to celebrate Batman turning 75. Watch! Here's the "Batman Beyond" animated short from the Warner Bros. panel at WonderCon (via Yahoo): The short is directed by artist Darwyn Cooke, and it's the perfect return to the animated series of the late 90s and early 2000s. Hot on the »
- Ethan Anderton
Modern comic book movies have shown us that there are two equally effective approaches to tone: you can go the fun, more comedic route, like The Avengers, or darker and more serious, like The Dark Knight. Not only does this provide a bit of variety within the genre, it also provides an interesting question about the direction of future projects. In this case, we're talking about the upcoming Fantastic Four movie from director Josh Trank. Writer/Producer Simon Kinberg was in Anaheim, CA this weekend promoting X-Men: Days of Future Past, and while talking with Crave the filmmaker revealed the tonal direction of the the upcoming reboot. In contrast to the slightly goofy Fantastic Four movies that came out a decade ago, the new film will instead be going in a more serious direction. "It.s a much more grounded, gritty, realistic movie than the last couple movies," Kinberg said. »
Writer-producer Simon Kinberg was at WonderCon in Anaheim yesterday to talk about the upcoming mutant superhero sequel X-Men: Days of Future Past, but with Fox’s reboot The Fantastic Four due to kick off production this month, he also offered up a few words about the studio and director Josh Trank’s (Chronicle) plans for Marvel’s First Family.
“As Bryan Singer created with the original X-Men movies, Christopher Nolan created with the Dark Knight movies, Jon Favreau and Marvel created with the Iron Man movies, all the best superhero franchises – Sam Raimi did it with with Spider-Man – they create a tone and that is the thing that defines them,” says Kinberg (via HitFix). “It’s not the stories that differentiate them from each other. Sometimes the characterizations aren’t that distinct. It’s that the tone is different and in some ways [that's because of the] lessons learned from the original ‘Fantastic Four’ movies, »
- Gary Collinson
We’re back with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes a new clip from Preservation, release details for Lfo, App, the first photo from Altergeist, an interview with Felissa Rose, and much more:
First Clip from Preservation: “Actor Christopher Denham takes his second turn in the director’s chair with this finely crafted horror-thriller starring Pablo Schreiber (The Wire, Orange is the New Black), Aaron Staton (Mad Men), and Wrenn Schmidt (Boardwalk Empire). Brothers Sean and Mike Neary, along with Mike’s wife Wit, head out on a hunting trip that doubles as a distraction from their troubles at home. But ignoring the “closed” sign and heading deep into an overgrown nature preserve, they soon find their troubles are only beginning. When all of their gear is stolen, they immediately turn on each other. But the hunted »
- Tamika Jones
Yesterday, DC Entertainment continued its celebration of The Dark Knight’s 75th anniversary with a special Batman 75th Anniversary panel at WonderCon packed with star talent such as DC Entertainment co-publisher Jim Lee, animator Bruce Timm, voice actor Kevin Conroy, director Kevin Smith and radio personality Ralph Garman. In addition to the Q&A, the audience was also treated to the world premiere of Darwyn Cooke’s Batman Beyond short, which features the voice talents of Kevin Conroy as Bruce Wayne and Will Friedle as Terry McGinnis. And, we just so happen to have it for you right here…
- Gary Collinson
Just for fun, on this Easter holiday, take our trivia challenge. Can you place all these quotes? If you’re stumped, scroll down for the answers.
Where are the Following Quotes From?
1) "Into the garbage chute, flyboy!"
2) "I never drink...Wine."
3) "Did you ever pick your feet in Poughkeepsie?"
4) "You've got the brain of a five year old child, and I bet he was glad to get rid of it."
5) "I spent eight years trying to reach him and another seven trying to see that he never got released, because I realized what was living behind that boy's eyes was purely and simply evil!"
6) "I love dead! Hate living!"
7) "I'm like a dog chasing a car. I wouldn't know what to do with one if I caught it!"
8) "I am big! It's the pictures that got small!"
9) "If I hadn't been very rich, I might have been a really great man. »
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While we may have to wait until 2016 to see Batman and Superman face off on the big screen, we luckily don’t have to wait quite as long to see the Caped Crusader in a movie again. In fact, he’ll be making two appearances this year in upcoming direct-to-video animated releases from the awkwardly titled DC Universe Animated Movies line.
The first film, Son of Batman, arrives on May 6th, and the second, Batman: Assault on Arkham, sometime this fall. The latter feature will exist independently from the other Dcau films, instead occupying the same space as the popular and successful Arkham video games. The first trailer for the film was released yesterday, and you can check it out below.
- James Garcia
The Dark Knight Trilogy has been a popular subject for artists, but this set of posters is the best I’ve seen. I love the way that artist Doaly incorporates a major architectural element from each film into a bold, noir-style graphic design. I also love the mass of flying bats that serves as a throughline connecting the series. Doaly left this note about the project:
I wanted the posters to be based on the monologues of the three films which chart the character’s progression as he comes full circle.
It’s taken a while but I’m happy to finally be able to post the full set of The Dark Knight Noir Trilogy Poster Set together, I hope everyone likes it as much fun it was to create
The posters aren’t available for sale (yet), but check out his store for other cool posters.
- Mily Dunbar
Heath Ledger’s role as the Joker in The Dark Knight spawned an iconic look and a series of great moments but his “Why so serious?” line is arguably the most memorable aspect of his character. It’s a question that suggests there is a sense of humour to everything in life; even the most serious of matters can be lightened up.
No medium displays that better than video games. Perhaps it’s because we’ve been desensitised by their childhood destroying, violent and bloody ways (were the tabloids right after all?) or perhaps there really is an element of the Joker in us all; something inside us that wants to find humour amongst all the drama.
Whatever the psychological reasoning, serious and dramatic scenes in video games can tickle our funny bones at the same time. There’s plenty of circumstances that can ruin a serious »
- Sam Coleman
We're still over two years out from the Batman vs. Superman (sure, it may not have a final agreed upon title, but I think that does the job for now), but, unsurprisingly, the excitement is high for the long awaited cinematic team up of the two comic icons (with Wonder Woman, and possibly The Flash thrown in for good measure). Also unsurprisingly, Warner Bros. have entered information lock down, but that didn't stop director Zach Snyder, returning after Man of Steel, from speaking to Forbes about what made them decide on putting The Dark Knight int the sequel. "After Man of Steel finished and we started talking about what would be in the next movie, I started subtly mentioning that it would be cool if he faced Batman", he said, "In the first meeting, it was like 'Maybe Batman?' Maybe at the end of the second movie, some Kryptonite »
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Based on the trailers and cast, Transcendence looked set to be a hit. However, a wave of negative reviews for Wally Pfister's (the Dp of The Dark Knight Trilogy) directorial debut have resulted in a disappointing $850,000 debut at midnight showings. Now, the movie looks set to be yet Another flop for former box office draw Johnny Depp as The Hollywood Reporter reveals that the $100 million movie may not even be able to reach $20 million during this Easter weekend. There is a chance however that it could perform better overseas. Either way, that leaves the #1 spot in North America up for grabs with Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Rio 2 each set to battle it out as they did previously. The latter is again tipped for the top spot with $24 million, but analysts predicted last week that the Marvel sequel would come in at second place »
For the last few years, Wally Pfister has been the cinematographer of choice for Christopher Nolan, providing the stunning imagery for the likes of Memento, The Dark Knight, and Inception. Now, with Transcendence, Pfister is trying his hand at directing, crafting a sci-fi thriller full of big ideas, that unfortunately falls down marrying these ideas to an effective narrative. Musing on the current state of technology, and what path it can take in the future, is nothing new. While the likes of Her kept it small, Transcendence goes as big as it can with the tale of Will Caster (Johnny Depp), whose life work is to create a viable artificial intelligence. Fatally injured in an attack by a militant anti-technology group, R.I.F.T., Caster's mind is uploaded to a computer by his distraught wife Evelyn (Rebecca Hall), becoming in death what he strove to create in life. Ever evolving, »
- email@example.com (Tom White)
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