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
Anthony Stokes on The Amazing Spider-Man franchise...
As a film blogger, sometimes I wonder "am I too cynical?". The sheer frustration I feel when reading certain things or watching certain trailers, like Michael Bay promising no goofiness in Transformers: Age of Extinction, is something that should belong to somebody past their mid-life crisis, not somebody in their early 20s. I suppose the frustrations comes from the fact that I appreciate the art of filmmaking so much. Movies are incredible, and when I see a lack of effort in a movie it irritates me no end. There are thousands of talented people who will never see their projects on the big screen, and so I think filmmakers need to keep that in mind and do the very best they can to make a movie as great as possible. I commend Zack Snyder and David S. Goyer for trying their hardest to make Man of Steel, »
- Gary Collinson
Ben Affleck’s named first popped up in association with Batman nearly 14 years ago when he was first rumored to be up for the part. Last summer, rumors sparked again that the Oscar winner was in talks with Warner Bros., whom he had directed critically acclaimed The Town and Argo for, to direct their superhero answer to The Avengers - Justice League. Such a project would allow him to also play Batman in it, taking over the role from Christian Bale.
In an interesting, but very understandable twist, Affleck did end up landing the iconic role of The Dark Knight, but in the unnamed sequel to Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel. Stepping out of the director’s chair and into the cape and cowl, Affleck will be going toe-to-toe with Henry Cavill’s Superman in summer 2015. Batman vs. Superman (Man of Steel 2) aims to blow ...
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- Rob Keyes
The final day of Amazon.com's holiday sales, and arguably the biggest after Black Friday, is here. Cyber Monday offers the biggest discounts you'll see all year in Blu-ray films, Blu-ray TV boxsets and console game sales. Below are the best bargains on offer so far in those categories.
As usual the 'Hot Daily Deals' section points out the must-see biggest bargains to be had today - the kind that sell out quickly so keep an eye on it. This is your last chance to nab a bargain, it all goes back to normal prices tomorrow.
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- Garth Franklin
The first television spot has flown in (literally) for director Stuart Beattie’s long-delayed adaptation of Kevin Grevioux’s cult graphic novel, I, Frankenstein. The Dark Knight’s Aaron Eckahart takes the title role in Lionsgate’s gothic actioner, which comes from the creator of Underworld.
The Mary Shelley-created ‘creature’ Adam Frankenstein has survived in a dystopic present day due to a genetic quirk in his electrifying creation. However, his peaceful existence is threatened when he finds himself caught in the middle of a centuries old war between vigilant gargoyles and ferocious demons battling for ultimate power.
The post ‘I, Frankenstein’ Unleashes First TV Spot appeared first on The Hollywood News. »
- Craig Hunter
Well folks, the last chance to get major deals during Amazon's 2013 Black Friday deals week has led to this, today is Cyber Monday 2013 and I have the schedule of DVD and Blu-ray deals that will be going live throughout the day below along with the other deals that have been featured throughout the week. The deals today include some James Bond Blu-rays in Quantum of Solace and Skyfall, a Blu-ray of National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation and the deals close out with the Rambo: The Complete Collector's Set Blu-ray collection. Other than that there are some television items, such as "The Tudors" complete series set, "Sherlock Holmes" complete collection, "Twin Peaks", "The Good Wife" and "Rome". Outside of what's below I am constantly updating my main page with the week's Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals right here, and it will continue to update until the deals are done. Otherwise, start shopping. »
- Brad Brevet
How well did Catching Fire perform over its second weekend in release? Only three movies in history have had better second weekend domestic box office takes than The Hunger Games: Catching Fire: The Avengers, Avatar and The Dark Knight. BoxOfficeMojo reports the second Hunger Games movie also smashed Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone's five-day Thanksgiving weekend record by ringing up $110 million domestically. Also setting a new record was Disney's animated comedy Frozen which now holds the first place title for the best five-day Thanksgiving weekend opening with an astounding take of $93 million.
However, Oldboy, Black Nativity, and Homefront didn't share in the feast at the Thanksgiving box office. Spike Lee's Oldboy remake was completely ignored and earned a measly $1.25 million over the holidays, not even good enough to register on the Top 10 list for the extended weekend. And Jason Statham's latest action film also was »
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