15 items from 2015
Jessica Alba didn't exactly receive rave reviews for her performance in Fantastic Four and Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, but the actress did impress in both Sin City and Sin City: A Dame to Kill For! Will she ever take on another comic book movie role? Marvel snapped up Chris Evans after he played Johnny Storm in the Fantastic Four movies, so it's certainly possible! Regardless, she looks amazing in this new photoshoot for Shape Magazine (via Movie Hotties). What do you guys think? »
While audiences have been calling for female directors to be given more opportunities to direct franchise films made by giant names such as DC and Marvel, Lakeshore Entertainment and Screen Gems have quietly stolen that thunder by tapping Anna Foerster to helm Underworld: Next Generation. The fifth instalment in this female-led action franchise will be the first in the series to be directed by a woman.
The franchise is characterised as an action-horror film series, and centres on a female lead named Selene (Kate Beckinsale). When she is first introduced in 2003’s Underworld, she is a vampire working to kill Lycans, because she believes they murdered her family. Over the course of the following three films – the second of which (2009’s Underworld: Rise Of The Lycans) is a prequel – a larger battle is revealed, in which vampires and Lycans are at war, until both species are eventually hunted by humans »
- Sarah Myles
Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn has taken to Facebook to reveal that back in the late 1990s he spent time working on another of Marvel’s cosmic properties, producing a treatment for a Silver Surfer movie for 20th Century Fox.
“Little known fact: When I first moved to La in 1999, one of the first people I met on a meeting was an exec at Fox. He told me they wanted to make a Silver Surfer movie, and I might be right for that, so I wrote an extensive treatment. It was a huge story, cosmic as hell, and featured the Silver Surfer turning on Galactus (but no Fantastic Four – this was before the first Ff film). At the same time, I was approached by director Jay Roach and his producer Shauna Robertson about writing a live-action Spy Vs. Spy film. That film seemed more likely to get made, »
- Gary Collinson
Daredevil moonlighting as Batman? For some actors, one comic book character isn’t enough, nor is one comic publisher. Some actors have jumped the fence between Marvel and DC, playing characters from both companies.
Marvel and DC may have a rivalry going, but that doesn’t stop them from hiring actors who’ve previously worked for the competition. Below is a list of nine actors who’ve portrayed characters from both comic book publishers.
For Marvel: His first foray into the super hero realm was as Hannibal King in Blade: Trinity (2004). Later, he joined Hugh ‘Wolverine’ Jackman as part of the X-franchise, taking on the role of the mutant Wade “Deadpool” Wilson in X-Men: Origins-Wolverine (2009). He is set to recreate this role in Deadpool (2016)
For DC: He got his big opportunity for super hero stardom playing the cosmic hero with the power ring in Green Lantern (2011). Sadly, that »
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Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer and Hellboy actor Doug Jones has confirmed via Twitter (see below) that his Arrow villain Deathbolt will be making an appearance in the season one finale of The Flash. We obviously haven't met him yet or seen what he's capable of, so time will tell whether or not this is something to get excited about. However, Jones' Tweet also confirmed that the episode will be titled "Rogue Air", a name which perhaps has a lot more in common with a certain supervillain team than it does the Reverse-Flash. "We’re going to do something with all the Rogues. I can’t promise it’s going to be this season," showrunner Andrew Kreisberg recently told TV Line. "We know that if the original [1990s] Flash series had gotten a second season, both John [Wesley Shipp] and Mark [Hamill] have told us that the first episode was going to »
Hitting theaters on May 29th, Warner Bros. Pictures has released the epic new trailer for San Andreas.
After the infamous San Andreas Fault finally gives, triggering a magnitude 9 earthquake in California, a search and rescue helicopter pilot (Dwayne Johnson) and his estranged wife make their way together from Los Angeles to San Francisco to save their only daughter.
But their treacherous journey north is only the beginning. And when they think the worst may be over…it’s just getting started.
The film also stars Carla Gugino (“Night at the Museum,” TV’s “Entourage”), Alexandra Daddario (“Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters,” TV’s “True Detective”), Ioan Gruffudd (“Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer”), Archie Panjabi (TV’s “The Good Wife”), Hugo Johnstone-Burt (Australian TV’s “Home and Away”), Art Parkinson (TV’s “Game of Thrones”) and Oscar nominee Paul Giamatti (“Cinderella Man”).
The music is by Andrew Lockington.
- Michelle McCue
"When everything falls apart, where will you be?" Warner Bros. has debuted the second trailer for San Andreas, following the new poster that debuted yesterday. After the infamous San Andreas Fault finally gives, triggering a magnitude 9 earthquake in California, a search and rescue helicopter pilot (Dwayne Johnson) and his estranged wife (Carla Gugino) make their way together from Los Angeles to San Francisco to save their only daughter (Alexandra Daddario). But their treacherous journey north is only the beginning. And when they think the worst may be over... it's just getting started.
The action thriller San Andreas, from New Line Cinema and Village Roadshow Pictures, reunites Dwayne Johnson with director Brad Peyton and producer Beau Flynn, following their collaboration on the global hit Journey 2: The Mysterious Island. The film also stars Carla Gugino (Night at the Museum, TV's Entourage), Alexandra Daddario (Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, TV's True Detective »
As VFX technology marches on at speed, more and more of our favourite movie characters are being brought to life by actors driving a performance capture digital creation.
Though Andy Serkis's Caesar from Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and Sharlto Copley's Chappie sit at the cutting edge today, in its current form it actually stretches back nearly 20 years to Star Wars's much-maligned Jar Jar Binks.
Go back even further and take into account rotoscoping - animators drawing over an actors' performance frame-by-frame - it's possible to mark Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs as a landmark film in 1937. There, an actress was used as the basis for the titular princess.
Fast forward to 2015, and we're now at a point where many in the industry are calling for an 'Assisted Performance' Oscars category to recognise the work done by actors and VFX artists.
"I think the technology is relatively new, »
It looks like Oliver Queen’s skills are going to be put to the test by his first super-powered villain this season, with IGN reporting that Doug Jones is set to appear in Arrow as Jake Simmons, a.k.a. Deathbolt.
Making his debut in 1983 in All-Star Squadron #21, Deathbolt was the result of an experiment by the Ultra-Humanite, which left him with several metahuman abilities, including the power to absorb and manipulate electricity.
Jones has previously comic book experience, having played Abe Sapien in Guillermo del Toro’s Hellboy movies, as well as the Silver Surfer in Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer. He also appeared as ‘Thin Clown’ in 1992’s Batman Returns.
- Gary Collinson
Though Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) has appeared on Arrow, the titular Emerald Archer has yet to face off against an actual SUPERvillain over the course of the show's run. Well, that will change in the upcoming nineteenth episode (titled "Broken Arrow") when he takes on Deathbolt. This character -- real name is Jake Simmons -- was first introduced in All-Star Squadron #21 back in 1983, and had the power to manipulate electricity. According to IGN, in Arrow Simmons will "be a metahuman with the ability to harness and weaponize plasma energy." Deathbolt will be played by Doug Jones, who should be well known around these parts as a frequent collaborator of Guillermo del Toro's, on projects such as Hellboy, Pan's Labyrinth and The Strain. He also starred in Fantastic Four: Rise Of The Silver Surfer as the cosmic Marvel hero of the title. »
The trailer gives a first look at a more grounded world prior to the transformation of four friends into superheroes, with a somber voiceover intoning, “With every new discovery, there is risk, there is sacrifice and there are consequences.”
Miles Teller leads the team as Reed Richards/Mr. Fantastic; Kate Mara plays Susan Storm/Invisible Woman; Michael B. Jordan portrays Johnny Storm/Human Torch; and Jamie Bell tackles Ben Grimm/The Thing.
Trank directed from a script he wrote with Simon Kinberg and Jeremy Slater. It’s Fox’s third film in the franchise: the first “Fantastic Four” opened in 2005, followed by 2007’s “Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer.”
- Dave McNary
Fantastic Four has premiered its first trailer online.
The new Fantastic Four film is reportedly inspired by Marvel's Ultimate comic book series.
The movie will open in cinemas on August 6. Watch star Miles Teller discuss his involvement in the series below: »
We.ve spent months and months waiting for anything even resembling a sneak peek at Josh Trank.s upcoming The Fantastic Four, and for months we.ve been disappointed. But now, after all this time, 20th Century Fox is finally ready to show off Marvel.s first family.s return to the big screen. The Fantastic Four trailer has arrived. In this superhero reboot . erasing the continuity established in 2004.s Fantastic Four and 2007.s Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer - we find director Josh Trank taking a page out of the Amazing Spider-Man book and reintroducing us to the titular team. Strongly influenced by Marvel.s Ultimate Fantastic Four comics, the new movie finds Reed Richards (Miles Teller), Sue Storm (Kate Mara), Johnny Storm (Michael B. Jordan) and Ben Grimm (Jamie Bell) caught in the middle of a science experiment that sends them through another dimension. And we »
Last month, 20th Century Fox finalized their deal with actor Ryan Reynolds to return as Deadpool, reprising his role from X-Men Origins: Wolverine, with shooting scheduled to begin this March. Today, GlobeNews.ca reports that the production will shoot in Ryan Reynolds' hometown of Vancouver starting in late March. The movie has booked two months at Vancouver's North Shore Studios, although it isn't known if the production will shoot in any other locations around the city. Just one month after Deadpool starts shooting, the studio's other upcoming superhero adventure, X-Men: Apocalypse, will begin production on the other side of Canada, in Montreal.
After years of speculation, 20th Century Fox finally announced in September that they are moving forward with Deadpool, handing out a February 12, 2016 release date for the comic book adaptation. That news came just a few months after test footage leaked earlier that summer, which was received positively by the fans. »
With just over eight months until its release, The Fantastic Four has brought on composer Marco Beltrami to provide the score for 20th Century Fox's superhero reboot. Perhaps this means that the composer will start crafting new music for the first trailer, which fans have been eagerly awaiting since principal photography wrapped in August. We haven't even seen an official photo with cast members Miles Teller (Reed Richards/Mr. Fantastic), Michael B. Jordan (Johnny Storm/The Human Torch), Kate Mara (Sue Storm/The Invisible Girl) and Jamie Bell (Ben Grimm/The Thing), aside from a selfie from the set by Kate Mara back in August.
Producer Simon Kinberg revealed in October that fans haven't seen anything from the reboot yet because the filmmakers are trying to make sure that the first look encompasses the voice of this movie, since it is vastly different from the 2005 Fantastic Four and its 2007 sequel »
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