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Back in the 80s, as Warner Bros. prepared to bring The Dark Knight to the screen in Tim Burton’s Batman, a number of actors found themselves under consideration for the Caped Crusader prior to Michael Keaton’s casting, inlcuding Mel Gibson, Charlie Sheen, Tom Selleck, Kevin Costner and even Bill Murray. Another name on the list was that of Pierce Brosnan, and the former Bond has spoken about his decision to turn down the role during a Reddit Ama.
“I went and met with Tim Burton for the role of Batman. But I just couldn’t really take it seriously, any man who wears his underpants outside his pants just cannot be taken seriously. That was my foolish take on it. It was a joke, I thought. But how wrong was I? Don’t get me wrong, because I love Batman, and I grew up on Batman. As a kid in Ireland, »
- Gary Collinson
Aug. 21-Sept. 1
Montreal World Festival
Celebrating its 38th year with a distinctly Gallic flavor, Mwff will open with “We Love You, You Bastard,” from French director — and longtime festival supporter — Claude Lelouch. Montreal closes with a tribute to another French legend, the late Alain Resnais and his last film, “Life of Riley.” But it’s not all France all the time. The fest is dedicated to the late Latin American literary icon, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and will be developing the new European Films Screening section, along with greater co-production ties with a large Chinese delegation of key industry players.
Aug. 29-Sept. 1
Telluride Film Festival
Telluride has always been an intimate, casual, carefully curated festival that doesn’t announce its sked until the day before it begins. The festival’s reputation — it has hosted several Oscar winners and nominees over the years — means that cinema lovers don’t mind going in blind. »
- Iain Blair
Last night, a Playboy interview with Frank Miller was brought to my attention as he discusses his new film, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, as well as his interpretation of Batman as seen in his graphic novels "Batman: The Dark Knight Returns" and "Batman: Year One". He also doesn't shy away from giving his impression of movies based on characters he's worked on, up to and including Christopher Nolan's Batman Begins, The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises, but let's take this one step at a time. As far as his approach to Batman, whom he portrayed as older and more grizzled, he says, "Well, you do get crabbier as you get older. laughs Also, I never believed that a guy who tortured people and dressed like Dracula was the most pleasant person to have over for dinner." Zack Snyder appears to be taking this approach »
- Brad Brevet
For almost 50 years, Batman has graced the silver screen. Whether working solo or accompanied by sidekicks and associates, Gotham City is continually saved by his enduring presence. Even though the eight theatrical live-action films featuring the Caped Crusader have had their ups and downs, there is no denying his appeal as a lead character.
With that in mind, these are all theatrical Batman releases, ranked from worst to best:
8. Batman and Robin (1997)
The dark cloud over a struggling franchise, Joel Schumacher’s second directorial outing in the Batman franchise hammered the last nail in the coffin and became known as one of the worst sequels, nay films, of all time. From the garish set design, poor character development, uninspired casting and hideously unfunny pun-filled script, Batman and Robin was a mistake from the moment it went into production.
7. Batman: The Movie (1966)
Occasionally forgotten as the first theatrical Batman film, this »
- Katie Wong
Frank Miller has revealed that he "loves" Superman, but is not so fond of Batman films.
"The Dark Knight [comic book] series is all from Batman's point of view," Miller told Playboy. "But if you look at Dark Knight 2, you'll see a Superman who's much calmer than the one in the first Dark Knight.
"Batman and Superman are dead opposites. I love Superman. Do I love Batman more? They're not people. They're only lines on paper."
When asked about the poor reception of the Daredevil and Elektra films - two characters he wrote at length - he said: "When people come out with movies about characters I've worked on, I always hate them.
"I have my own ideas about what the characters are like. »
Legendary comic book writer and artist, Frank Miller, is no stranger to stirring the pot. The man created some fantastic comics as well as some of the best story arcs for already established characters. You could start with: Ronin, Daredevil: Born Again, The Dark Knight Returns, Sin City and 300. Many of his tales have been adapted into feature films and he has even written a few of those as well. Though, I wouldn't bring up RoboCop 2 if you happen to run into him. In recent years, he has kicked up some dust by putting out a controversial comic book title, Holy Terror, and criticized the Occupy Wall Street movement. Thank god for Alan Moore or Frank Miller would be considered the grumpiest guy in comics. Thanks Alan. Cute beard. Now, check out his recent comments on Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy which will surely rub some people the »
Yesterday Marvel Studios announced that filming was underway on the first Phase Three offering of the Marvel Cinematic Universe in the Peyton Reed-directed Ant-Man, before the first official image of Paul Rudd as Scott Lang was released today. And now, thanks to Flickering Myth reader Jordan Steinmetz and his sister Riley Steinmetz, we’ve got a brief description of today’s filming, as well as a few set photos from San Francisco. They’re petty unrevealing, but we do have a glimpse of Peyton Reed directing the action. Here’s what was happening…
“The scene being filmed today was filmed at an intersection, and included fake rain and a woman walking a dog.They were filming under the name “Bigfoot”, and some old-school delivery trucks were spotted, so possibly a scene set in the past.”
Riley also mentioned that she didn’t notice any of the leads on set, »
- Gary Collinson
Superheroes are usually looming, muscular, young and big - their voices boom with gravitas. So, the idea of 40-something comedic actor Paul Rudd playing a superhero that is small seemed interesting with a side of dubious. However, after seeing the funny side of superherodom in Guardians of the Galaxy, we're now all in for Ant-Man! Filming started today in San Francisco; it will also film in Atlanta.
Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, con-man Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) must embrace his inner-hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats. Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tara the Mom)
The pic shows Rudd in a hoodie standing beneath the Golden Gate bridge. We know that his character starts out as a con-man before he dons the Ant-Man suit (given to him by Michael Douglas’ Hank Pym), and he looks appropriately un-heroic here (the bandaged eyebrow is a nice touch).
With Ant-Man now officially in production (and Marvel in need desperate need of some good press), we should expect to see more images like this one in the coming weeks.
Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, con-man Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) must embrace his inner-hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), protect the secret behind his spectacular »
- James Garcia
Prior to Heath Ledger’s mesmerizing portrayal of The Joker in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight, Molina’s Doc Ock was a strong contender for the greatest comic book baddie in cinematic history. However, as time has passed, the Spider-man franchise has slowly started to wither and lose the quality of its predecessors (as The Amazing Spider-man 2 proved). Now, as a method of maintaining interest and originality in the aging film series, Sony are paving the way for a number of spin-offs in the near future. The first of these spin-offs is Drew Goddard’s villain-orientated Sinister Six, which is set for release in November 2016.
With the villainous super-team gearing up to take over »
- Ben Read
Yesterday marked the first day of principal photography for Ant-Man. If I’m to be honest, I’m still a bit bummed that Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish have left the project. I think their take on the Marvel Universe could have been one akin to James Gunn’s approach to Guardians of the Galaxy. Alas, we are still getting an Ant-Man film and the casting is pretty great. We also have a look at Paul Rudd as Scott Lang Aka Ant-Man.
From the Press Release
San Francisco, California (August, 18, 2014) – Marvel Studios began principal photography today in San Francisco, California, on its newest Super Hero franchise Marvel’s Ant-Man. The film brings one of Marvel comics’ original founding members of The Avengers into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The production also shoots on location in Atlanta, Georgia, which serves as the base for the film’s production.
Set for release in »
- Andy Triefenbach
Rudd looks appropriately un-heroic here, sporting a dark hoodie, black gloves and an eyebrow bandage. We know that Lang was quite the troublemaker before running into former Ant-Man Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) though (who gives him the Ant-Man tech and trains him to be a superhero in order to pull of a dangerous heist), so he definitely looks the part in this first photo.
This new image follows yesterday’s casting announcement that saw Judy Greer, Bobby Cannavale, T.I., and John Slattery join the oft-troubled superhero project. It’s announcements and reveals like these that will win back some of the disgruntled and skeptical audiences that turned away from the film following Edgar Wright’s departure back in June, and with production now underway, »
- James Garcia
How can you buy a 9.0 rated copy of Action Comics #1? Is there a new viral site for Captain America: The Winter Soldier? Want to see the Avengers: Age of Ultron Comic-Con trailer, via storyboards? Where can you see a clip from the Roger Corman Fantastic Four documentary? What does Vincent D’Onofrio look like […]
- Germain Lussier
The Marvel universe continues its expansion today with filming commencing on Ant-Man. As cameras begin to roll in San Francisco, more cast details surfaced and we now know who’s joining Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, and the rest of the film’s core cast.
Headlining the new cast additions to Ant-Man are Bobby Cannavale, Michael Peña, and Judy Greer. They join a cast led by Paul Rudd as Ant-Man (aka Scott Lang) and Michael Douglas as Hank Pym (the former Ant-Man). In Marvel’s Hall H panel at Comic-Con, Evangeline Lilly (Lost) was announced to play Hope Van Dyne, the daughter of Michael Douglas’ Hank Pym, while Corey Stoll (The Strain) was revealed to portray antagonist Darren Cross, aka Yellowjacket, a former protégé of Pym’s who takes a dark path after getting his hands on his mentor’s shrinking suit technology.
Marvel hired director Peyton Reed to replace director »
- Derek Anderson
As previously announced, Paul Rudd is playing the title character, also known as Scott Lang, in the Marvel Studios adaptation. Michael Douglas and Evangeline Lilly are co-starring, and the cast also includes House of Cards’ Corey Stoll, Danny Collins’ Bobby Cannavale, End of Watch’s Michael Peña, The Dark Knight’s David Dastmalchian, Togetherness’ Abby Ryder Fortson, comedian Gregg Turkington, and The Wire’s Wood Harris.
- Ariana Bacle
Elisabeth Bergner, who started in German silents went on to a Best Actress Oscar nomination for Escape Me Never (1935)Schweigen a fine collection of 1920s and 1930s postcards of film actors. I loved looking at it despite my Richard Dix aversion. And this postcard left makes me desperate to see Escape Me Never, one of the 30s Best Actress nominations I still haven't seen
Pret-a-Reporter Inside Madonna's 56th birthday bash
THR Cinematography Gordon Willis who died earlier this summer, was memorialized in Hollywood this weekend
Rope of Silicon every death in a Quentin Tarantino movie thus far
- NATHANIEL R
Alright, gang. Today is the day. Let's. Get. small. #AntMan
— Peyton Reed (@MrPeytonReed) August 18, 2014
That's right, filming on Ant-Man has officially begun!
There's been a lot of Ant-Man trashing since fanboy favorite Edgar Wright left the project and the script went through several revisions, but I'm still very hopeful for this film. Marvel know what they're doing and I have full faith in them, Reed and the cast to pull this off.
Here's the official press release from Marvel:
Marvel Studios began principal photography today in San Francisco, California, on its newest Super Hero franchise Marvel’s “Ant-Man.” The film brings one of Marvel comics’ original founding members of The Avengers into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The production also shoots on location in Atlanta, Georgia, which serves as the base for the film’s production. »
- Philip Sticco
Following on from director Peyton Reed's social media tweet this morning, Marvel Studios have issued an official press release announcing the start of production on "Ant-Man". There's a new synopsis, but the big news of the release is the supporting cast members.
One bit of news is that "Mad Men" star John Slattery is returning, likely reprising the role of Tony Stark's father Howard Stark which he played in "Iron Man 2". Also of note are the inclusion of "Archer" scene stealer Judy Greer, "Boardwalk Empire" actor Bobby Cannavale, rapper turned actor T.I., and young actress Abby Ryder Fortson who will likely play the young Cassie Lang (daughter of Paul Rudd's Scott Lang character).
Joining them in unspecified roles are the likes of David Dastmalchian ("The Dark Knight," "Prisoners"), Wood Harris ("Remember the Titans," "The Wire") and Gregg Turkington ("The Comedy," "On Cinema").
They join the already announced Paul Rudd, »
- Garth Franklin
Not only is Doctor Strange not going to tell us how Stephen Strange became the Sorcerer Supreme, but starting with that movie, Marvel Studios is done with origin stories altogether. That’s a scoop revealed by Badass Digest’s Devin Faraci while a guest on Meet the Movie Press last week. It’s an unconfirmed piece of information, particularly the broader point about the whole franchise, and of course it doesn’t apply to Ant-Man, which goes into production today, way ahead of the Dr. Strange vehicle. Still, whether true or not, there’s a certain excitement spreading around in fanboy and movie geek circles as a result of the possibility. Origin story movies are apparently a much-hated part of superhero cinema. But why? Because it’s the expected start of any series to set up the character, especially for audiences who aren’t as familiar ahead of time as the geeks are? Too »
- Christopher Campbell
We've been talking about the upcoming thrill-kill L.A. Slasher for a while now, and the time for words has come to an end. Suit up, Dreadies, as the teaser trailer is here, and we cannot wait for the mayhem to come. Check it out.
The film stars Danny Trejo (Machete), Mischa Barton (“The O.C.”), Dave Bautista (Guardians of the Galaxy, Riddick), Eric Roberts (The Dark Knight), Drake Bell (“Drake & Josh”), Brooke Hogan (“Hogan Knows Best”), Tori Black (Not Another Celebrity Movie), and Marisa Lauren (“Superhero Movie”) with the voice of Andy Dick (“NewsRadio”) as the "L.A. Slasher."
Produced by Jeffrey Wright and Daniel Sollinger (Girls Against Boys), L.A. Slasher is a biting social satire about reality TV and the glorification of people who are famous for simply being famous. It explores why it has become acceptable and even admirable for people to become influential and wealthy based on no »
- Steve Barton
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