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We are taking a couple episodes off as Brad will be heading to the Toronto Film Festival for a week so we hope we've done well, though Brad will try to deliver a couple of Toronto reports while he's gone. That said, today we answer your questions, have a couple stories from our weekend to share, plenty of games to be played and more. We discuss violence against women in video games, the race issue in Ridley Scott's Exodus: Gods and Kings and much more. If you are on Twitter, we have a Twitter account dedicated to the podcast at @bnlpod. Give us a follow won'tchac I want to remind you that you can call in and leave us your comments, thoughts, questions, etc. directly on our Google Voice account, which you can call and leave a message for us at (925) 526-5763, which may be even easier to remember at (925) 5-bnl-pod. »
- Brad Brevet
The entire movie industry is all about the cinema. Any film released direct-to-dvd is viewed as not worth your time (a fair estimation most of the time) and the home video market is rarely paid as much attention as the box office. Which is pretty strange given how it’s an increasingly important part of how people consume films. The likes of Waterworld, which is still highly regarded as one of the most high-profile flops ever, managed to actually turn a profit once they hit home video (in that film’s case VHS), but that’s often ignored as a cheeky little nest-egg that studio’s don’t have to report.
In fact, if you want to find actual numbers for a film’s post-cinema success you’ll have to bring a calculator and some extreme patience; finding actual information about home video sales is nigh on impossible. All »
- Alex Leadbeater
After The Dark Knight it initially appeared superheroes had nowhere else to go. Here was the zenith of the genre, expertly bringing the graphic novel source to life in a totally legitimate way that almost, gasp, didn’t feel like a comic book movie. Surely anything that followed would be unable to escape the shadow of Christopher Nolan’s epic.
In the intervening six years we’ve seen comic book movies raise the game to a whole other level. Nothing is yet to hit The Dark Knight levels, but with shared universes now in vogue the genre’s only increased its box office dominance. The Marvel Cinematic Universe, which sneakily kicked off with Iron Man mere months before The Dark Knight, took the essence of what made Nolan’s Batman work, threw in an overarching continuity and more levity, and became one of the biggest franchises of all time. »
- Alex Leadbeater
The Tick is a comic by Ben Edlund that was first adapted as a cartoon series in the mid ’90s before being turned into a live-action comedy. Despite receiving critical acclaim, the show only lasted one season before being cancelled by Fox in 2002. The show likely lacked the action and drama more mature audiences were expecting going up against a show like Smallville, which also debuted in 2001. It was also a little too adult for young fans of the animated TV series. The fact that Fox didn’t own the rights to all The Tick characters made the show feel even less familiar to those fans as well, with Die Fledermaus and American Maid being changed to Batmanuel and Captain Liberty. However, the series has »
- Eli Reyes
If you are a Hot Toys Collector or a fan of Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight Trilogy, then you will love this Hot Toys incredibly amazing Batman Armory for 1/6th scale figure with fully functional Led lights and movable parts. Check out the photos below. Batman trilogy concludes with The Dark Knight pitted against Bane, an unstoppable foe possessed of tremendous physical and intellectual strength. Nearly a decade after taking the fall for Harvey Dent's death and disappearing into the darkness, a fugitive Batman watches from the shadows as the Dent Act keeps the streets of Gotham City free of crime. Meanwhile, an elusive cat burglar seizes the chance to strike, and a masked anarchist plots a devastating series of attacks designed to lure Bruce »
Social satire horror film L.A. Slasher is opening and closing the 2014 Salt Lake Comic Con, running September 4-6; and if you'll be there, we have all the details you need right here, including a look at the Con's guest list, which is pretty impressive considering it's only their second year.
L.A. Slasher, directed by Martin Owen and produced by Jeffrey Wright and Daniel Sollinger (Girls Against Boys, The Alphabet Killer), will have a special advance screening to open the festival and a midnight screening to close it out.
Salt Lake Comic Con 2013 was the largest first-year comic convention in North American history and the largest convention ever to take place in Utah. This year’s event will be held at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah.
- Debi Moore
Get More: Movie Trailers, Celebrity News Ra's Al Ghul was recently revealed to be the big bad of Arrow's third season, and while we still don't know who will play the villain in The CW series, we do now know of at least one actor interested in taking on the role even if does just so happen to be someone who's already played him! Asked by MTV News whether he's been approached about making a return, Liam Neeson told them: "No, I haven’t, I haven’t at all," but if asked, "I would, in a heartbeat, if it came my way, yeah Very much so." Of course, the chances of the network being able to afford an actor of Neeson's calibre or Arrow linking to Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Trilogy in this way are pretty much slim to none, but it would still be interesting to see! »
We can debate all day which comic book hero is cooler: DC or Marvel? Superman or Spiderman? Justice League or The Avengers? Batman or anyone who isn’t cool enough to be Batman? But it’s no question that Marvel has a serious leg-up on DC in the movie business.
Outside of Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy, DC has had a harder time making their characters stick and is even behind the ball in planning their lineup of films. Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel was one of the highest grossing films of last year, but it was forgotten as a dour, colorless, over-important mess as soon as it arrived. And yet this model may be the template DC is pursuing with all their future projects.
- Brian Welk
Just last week we got a look at the trailer for Up if it had been directed by Michael Bay. Using the all of the tricks, lens flares, and explosions the filmmaker is known for, the clip was a good one. Now, we have another mash-up, this time combining two of the best superhero films of all time: The Dark Knight and The Incredibles. Imagining the Pixar classic as if it were helmed by Christopher Nolan may be the closest we will ever get to seeing what his vision for Watchmen may have looked »
- Alex Maidy
You may have heard that Warner Bros. has introduced a new policy to their future DC Comics universe, summed up in two simple words (that, we assumed, were delivered while yelling and slamming one’s hand on a table): “No Jokes.” That’s what Drew McWeeny says, over at Hitfix. Warner and DC are looking at the success of stuff like The Dark Knight and Man of Steel, and the abysmal failure of Ryan Reynolds’ goofy Green Lantern, and making an executive decision. Two rights + one wrong = stop that laughing. From now on, all future DC Comics movies will be grim and dark and gritty and gritty and serious and dark: watching any future DC film will be like chewing a mouthful of gravel while your dad says you were an accident that he never loved. You may have then heard a few other sources call foul on this report. Forbes »
- Adam Bellotto
We cover a lot of ground in today's podcast and yet it still fell just short of the two hour mark and we really tried. That said, today we hold the Fall Box Office Draft, we review Frank and Starred Up and revisit The Trip to Italy as Laremy caught it this week and had a few things to say. We also play our regular assortment of games including the longest "Buy or Sell" edition ever, plus clear out a backlog of "Watch This or Watch That". Also included is a conversation as to whether you can be too apologetic in reviews, a listen to the trailer for Kirk Cameron's Saving Christmas and even a voicemail sneaks in. We hope you enjoy. If you are on Twitter, we have a Twitter account dedicated to the podcast at @bnlpod. Give us a follow won'tchac I want to remind you that »
- Brad Brevet
When Total Film caught up with Jesse Eisenberg to discuss his new drama Night Moves and, more importantly, his role as Lex Luthor in the highly-anticipated Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, the 30-year-old actor revealed he does not read comics nor has he seen any comic book movies. In fact, when Tf mentioned how Heath Ledger reinvented the Joker and tapped into modern-day fears of terrorism in The Dark Knight, Eisenberg could only reply, "Oh, that's interesting, really interesting." However, after he had landed the villain role in Zack Snyder's Man of Steel follow-up, the actor did look through stacks of comics and he also watched "that movie with Gene Hackman," referring to one of Christopher Reeve's early Superman movies. "My father always cautions me against thinking of something as a means to some other end, because then its irresponsible to the 'means' thing," explained Jesse Eisenberg, »
We got a new poster earlier in the week, and now Sony has dropped another trailer for Foxcatcher, the upcoming biographical drama starring Steve Carell (Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues), Channing Tatum (22 Jump Street) and Mark Ruffalo (The Avengers); check it out below…
When Olympic Gold Medal winning wrestler Mark Schultz (Channing Tatum) is invited by wealthy heir John du Pont (Steve Carell) to move on to the du Pont estate and help form a team to train for the 1988 Seoul Olympics at his new state-of-the-art training facility, Schultz jumps at the opportunity, hoping to focus on his training and finally step out of the shadow of his revered brother, Dave (Mark Ruffalo). Driven by hidden needs, du Pont sees backing Schultz’s bid for Gold and the chance to “coach” a world-class wrestling team as an opportunity to gain the elusive respect of his peers and, more importantly, his »
- Gary Collinson
In an interview with Total Film, Jesse Eisenberg talked a bit about his Lex Luthor role in Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice, and revealed something very interesting; apparently the actor hadn't seen any comic book movies before he joined the Zack Snyder film. When Eisenberg was told about Heath Ledger's take on the Joker and how the character was used in The Dark Knight, his response was, "Oh, that's interesting, really interesting." The actor »
- Jesse Giroux
Jason Fabok has been one of the most exciting artists in DC's line-up, mostly sticking with Bat-related titles for the past four years. Well, that's set to change. The Batman Eternal and Batman: The Dark Knight artist will become the ongoing artist on writer Geoff Johns' Justice League starting with issue #36, replacing Ivan Reis and Joe Prado. Buzzfeed spoke to the artist, who shared his excitement of taking on the project. "To have the opportunity to draw the next chapter in [Johns'] Justice League saga is an extreme joy and overwhelming to consider," he said. "I’ve always dreamed of drawing Superman, Wonder Woman, Batman, Flash, Lex Luthor, Aquaman and the myriad of super-villains that comprise the Justice League books. Geoff has such an awesome story crafted and I can’t wait for fans to see what he has in store in the coming months. It’s going to get epic! »
If you thought "Man of Steel" was a bit dour and lacking a sense of humor, it turns out there may have been a reason for that.
Hitfix has reported that according to multiple sources, there is a mandate at Warner Bros. regarding any of the DC superhero films in development. That mandate is just two simple, direct words: "No jokes."
Wrtier Drew McWeeny says: "Last week was about the fifth time I've heard that there is a mandate at Warner Bros. regarding any of the DC superhero films in development, and it's very simple and direct and to the point. 'No Jokes'." Others have since weighed in and claim their sources have heard the same.
In comics form, DC has generally been seen as the serious, grim brother to Marvel's more unabashedly fun personality - a trait that has carried over to the movies with films like "The Dark Knight »
- Garth Franklin
Drew McWeeny at HitFix is reporting that no fewer than five sources have told him that Warner Bros. has a strict “No jokes” rule for all DC superhero movies in development. McWeeny posits that the rule is likely a reaction to the failure of Green Lantern, a terrible movie that was chock-full of jokes. It seems likely that the huge success of the very, very serious Dark Knight Trilogy also played a role in the formulation of the No Jokes rule, but I think they have learned the wrong lesson from their failures and successes.
Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy took itself very seriously, exploring fear and pain and chaos. Batman Begins was an exciting departure from the lighter, brighter superhero movies we were used to, and the sequels plunged us even deeper into the darkness. The Dark Knight was probably the best, most important superhero movie that has ever been made, »
- Mily Dunbar
Tentpole movies get kind of a rough ride in terms of public perception. In the realm of cinematic releases, the term has become synonymous with the Big Bad Movie Studios sucking all the air out of the box office, and suffocating smaller, independent fare. They are associated with a bland, focus-group tested, homogenized type of filmmaking that blindly draws in the masses and force-feeds them pointless narrative junk food. Everything that’s wrong with the modern film industry can be blamed on the over-inflated budgets of the tentpole movie – isn’t that right?
Well, not really. First of all, tentpole movies serve a purpose. In theory, it is the job of a tentpole movie to hold up, balance out and support the financial performance of a studio in any given year. The tentpole movie is supposed to give the smaller productions breathing space by giving the studio the financial confidence »
- Sarah Myles
"Why so serious?" Is the popular refrain floating around as the rumor about Warner Bros.' 'No Joke' rule rapidly spreads across the Internet. According to a report at Hit Fix, The studio doesn't want any funny business in its impending slate of DC Comics superhero movies, a mandate that began with Man of Steel in 2013 and will continue on as WB sets up Justice League.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice will be a completely serious affair according to this new report, so don't expect to see Jesse Eisenberg hamming it up as Lex Luthor. It won't be anywhere close to what Gene Hackman did in the 1978 Superman. This has struck some as ludicrous, due to the sometimes colorful and humorous tone of the comic books. And this comes just as Marvel is making a name for itself with its equal measure of laughs and action in most of its movies. »
The new film will "...travel the globe to bring to the screen the adventures of a group of explorers who make use of a newly discovered 'wormhole' to surpass the limitations on human space travel and conquer the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage.
"'Interstellar' details the toll climate change has taken on agriculture, with corn the last crop to be cultivated.
"The scientists embark on a journey through a worm hole into other dimensions in search of somewhere other crops can be grown...".
"Interstellar" also stars Anne Hathaway, Bill Irwin, John Lithgow, Casey Affleck, David Gyasi, Wes Bentley, Mackenzie Foy, Timothée Chalamet, Topher Grace, David Oyelowo, Ellen Burstyn and Michael Caine.
- Michael Stevens
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