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Martin Campbell's Green Lantern had a ton of issues. The pacing was utterly bizarre, the story wasn't great, and the CGI was overdone. Another problematic area was the look of the film's central villain, Parallax, which fans rebelled against much in the same way people complained when it was revealed that Galactus was nothing more than a cloud in Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer. You can understand what the filmmakers were going for, but the truth is that the final design ended up not being so great. But what designs were rejected in favor of the one that made its way into the final cut? Artist Peter Rubin has posted a full gallery of rejected Parallax concept art. According to the site, Rubin was approached in 2008 - when the movie was still in very early stages - and he worked on the movie for four and a »
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What do films like .Burlesque,. .Se7en,. .X2,. .The Rock. and .Transformers. all have in common? Stars from their films will be partying their way across the Gulf of Mexico with you next April! What movie fan wouldn.t like this vacation under their Christmas tree this year?
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Stars from recent box office hits like .Insidius,. .Machete. and .Tron: Legacy,. iconic favorites from the .Halloween, »
- Melissa Howland
2012 is really shaping up to be a busy year for comic book fans, but while the likes of The Dark Knight Rises, The Avengers and The Amazing Spider-Man have been grabbing all the headlines, there is another panel-based property heading into cinemas next year and no, we're not talking about Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance. Yes, it's those Men in Black - Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones - who are reprising their roles as Agents J and K almost ten years after their last adventure for the sci-fi comedy sequel Men in Black III, which has just received its first official trailer courtesy of Sony Pictures.
Along with Smith and Jones, the third outing sees the return of Barry Sonnenfeld and Steven Spielberg as director and executive producer respectively, while Rip Torn is also back as Chief Zed, head of the Mib. Newcomers to the cast include Josh Brolin »
Thor was the biggest superhero movie of the year and grossed nearly half a billion dollars but Marvel are insistent on not breaking the bank for the sequel and are desperate to make sure the money they do spend all ends up on the screen. Sometime after Iron Man, Marvel got the impression that it was the universe and the characters that were their films biggest selling points and not the actors portraying them who can be interchangeable (see Don Cheadle replacing Terrence Howard in Iron Man 2 or Mark Ruffalo replacing Edward Norton as The Hulk in The Avengers) and they are now refusing to pay big money on A* talent. It’s a bold move and one that hopefully won’t come and bite them in the ass.
- Matt Holmes
Every once in a while, I need to resurrect a "Baddie" that has already been featured in a film, mostly due to the fact that the first interpretation of the character was so bad, they need to be given a second chance just to show off what they are really like. Case in point: Doctor Doom. Doom was originally featured in Tim Story's 2005 Fantastic Four film and again in 2007's Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, both time splayed by Julian McMahon. I'll be honest, I didn't totally hate the casting of McMahon, as he is a fairly decent actor. The problem comes from the fact that the character was written so badly, McMahon was doomed (pun intended) from the get go; he didn't stand a chance to make something of the character, which was a neutered version of the comic book character that we all know and »
A funny thing happened this summer, Fox actually made not one, but two very good comic book related movies. The studio has a long history of making poorly conceived CBMs, with the last one, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, leaving an extremely bad taste in the mouths of most comic book fans. And you can't blame the Cbm community for groaning every time Fox is attached to a comic book related entity, just look at the list of below average CBMs they've been associated with, like: Daredevil, Elektra, Fantastic Four, X-Men: The Last Stand, and Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer. But all that has changed with the two refreshingly terrific films, Rise of the Planet of the Apes and X-Men: First Class. Two films that have been successes at the box office and with the critics. Two films that have revitalized lucrative franchises, and have re-energized the fan bases. And »
Originally scheduled for the middle of 2013's blockbuster season, the sequel to Thor has been delayed until November 2013.
I think it’s safe to say that Thor was a success both critically and financially, so a sequel was always going to be inevitable. Marvel certainly wasted little time in announcing it,
I, along with many others I’m sure, am looking forward to seeing a further exploration of Thor as a character. We'll get a dose of that in The Avengers next year, but the prospect of a new standalone film further exploring the Shakespearian nature of his family dynamic, and his love for Jane Foster, is just as interesting.
Sadly though it seems that we’ll have slightly longer than anticipated for the release of Thor 2, as it has been pushed back to a release date of 15th November 2013 from its original slot of 26th July 2013.
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Updated: Marvel have sent out a press release confirming that Monster director Patty Jenkins will helm Thor 2. Confirmed to star are Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston and Natalie Portman (but no Anthony Hopkins as previously spoken about).
Original article follows…
For reasons completely unexplained Walt Disney Pictures have decided to push Thor 2′s lucrative July 26th, 2013 release date back four months to November 15th, 2013. Now opening in Thor’s old place is the big screen version of the popular Disney Channel animated series Phineas and Ferb!
The Thor sequel is now due just one week before Thanksgiving and goes completely unopposed on that date for now. This will make Thor 2 Marvel’s first ever non-Summer release and I can only imagine the move is to try and capitalise on the less busy period with longer time in the spotlight as it moves towards the festive season, though in »
- Matt Holmes
Even though you almost never see his face, creature actor Doug Jones is one of the best in the biz when it comes to portraying a fantastical character. He’s usually under amazing prosthetics but you might remember him as the Faun and the Pale Man in Pan’s Labyrinth, Abraham Sapien in the Hellboy films, the Silver Surfer in Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer, and the ice cream man in Legion (where you actually see his face.)
According to THR, Jones has scored another creature role as an alien in the upcoming Fox sci-fi comedy, Neighborhood Watch. In this film, “a suburban “neighborhood watch” group that finds itself in over its head when it uncovers an alien plot to destroy the world.
[Above: Jones as the frightening Pale Man in Pan's Labyrinth]
- Lillian 'zenbitch' Standefer
You may not recognize his face, but Doug Jones has been quite prominent over the past few years. He’s done plenty of live-action work, but much like Andy Serkis, he is best known for his CG and makeup-based performances. Amongst many other characters, Jones has played Abe in the Hellboy films, the Silver Surfer in Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer, and The Faun/Pale Man in Pan’s Labyrinth. To now add to that considerable resume, THR tells us that he has joined the cast of the upcoming comedy Neighborhood Watch, where he will don the heavy make up again to play an alien.
Jones will join Jonah Hill, Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Billy Crudup, Richard Ayoade, Will Forte, and more for director Akiva Schaffer. The screenplay, which follows dads in a neighborhood watch group who uncover an alien conspiracy, is penned by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, »
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It’s been reported that Marvel Studios may have found their director for Thor 2, the superhero sequel that already has a 2013 release date.
According to Deadline, Patty Jenkins – who previously helmed the critically acclaimed Oscar-winning serial killer flick Monster, before making a name for herself in television, directing Arrested Development, Entourage, and the Us remake of The Killing – has been tapped to direct the next installment in the Norse-god franchise.
Whilst nothing is official yet, Jenkins is apparently the front-runner for the job. Don Payne (Thor, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer) is writing the screenplay for the Marvel Studios film which has a July 26th 2013 release date. »
Marvel Studios may have finally found a director for the superhero sequel Thor 2 with Patty Jenkins. Nothing has been made official yet, but it seems the Monster director is the front-runner at this point.
Patty Jenkins made her feature directorial debut with the critically-acclaimed Monster, where Charlize Theron won a Best Actress Oscar for her portrayal of serial killer Aileen Wuornos. Patty Jenkins hasn't directed a movie since then, although she has directed episodes of Arrested Development, Entourage, and the pilot episode of The Killing.
We reported last month that Game of Thrones director Brian Kirk was in early talks to helm Thor 2, but it seems a deal was never reached. Don Payne (Thor, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer) is writing the Thor 2 screenplay.
It isn't known when Thor 2 will start production, although Marvel Studios has set a July 26, 2013 release date for the superhero sequel. »
Deadline and Variety are both reporting that Patty Jenkins, whose last feature film was 2003′s morbid Monster which featured Charlize Theron’s incredible transformation job as serial killer Aileen Wuornos, has now entered talks to direct Thor 2 at Marvel. If we were taking bets yesterday on potential directors for the fantasy superhero sequel, Jenkins would have been racing in at around 3 million to 1.
Six weeks or so ago it looked like cheap skates Marvel were going budget with the then apparently impending appointment of t.v. helmer Brian Kirk (Game of Thrones, Boardwalk Empire) but somewhere along the line things seem to have fallen down and it’s Patty they have gone for, a director who has been off the radar for years. Seriously, she might as well have been living on the other side of Pluto. I imagine her quotes will have been even lower than Kirk’s. »
- Matt Holmes
We have had a lot of great superhero movies over the past years. Of course there were also a few rotten apples with the bunch. Vote on who you think was the best director, to put your favorite superhero on the big screen! The Contestants Jon Faverau (Iron Man | Iron Man 2) Christpoher Nolan (Batman Begins | The Dark Knight)Sam Raimi (Spider-Man | Spider-Man 2 | Spider-Man 3) Joe Jonston (Captain America: The First Avenger | The Rocketeer) Tim Burton (Batman | Batman Returns) Mark Steven Johnson (Daredevil | Ghost Rider) Brian Singer (X-Men | X2 | Superman Returns) Matthew Vaughn (X-Men: First Class | Kick-Ass) Louis Leterrier (The Incredible Hulk) Rob Bowman (Elektra) Brett Rattner (X-Men: Last Stand) Tim Story (Fantastic Four | Fantastic Four: Rise Of The Silver Surfer) Zach Snyder (Watchmen) James McTeigue (V For Vendetta) »
Earlier this week we received an email from the independent Canadian filmmaker Thomas Newman to let us know about his $5000 zombie feature Bong of the Dead, which has been getting some decent press as of late off the back of a successful screening at the Cannes Independent Film Festival.
The film has been described as “Cheech and Chong meets Shaun of the Dead”, and sees two stoners – Jy Harris (50/50, Superbabies: Baby Geniuses 2) and Mark Wynn (Fringe, Supernatural) – survive a zombie apocalypse before discovering that zombie brains make a perfect fertilizer for a new strain of super-potent, fast-growing marijuana.
Having supplied make-up and visual effects on a number of film and television shows such as Millennium, The X-Files, Lake Placid and Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer, Newman makes his directorial debut with Bong of the Dead, while he also serves as writer, producer, cinematographer, editor and composer. Also »
Presenting our weekly round-up of all the biggest news stories from the world of movie superheroes…
After last weekend’s column was pretty much dominated by Marvel, Warner Bros. have hit back in a big way, dominating the news this past week with their two major DC superhero properties – The Dark Knight Rises and Man of Steel. First up came a load of set photos and videos from the Pittsburgh shoot of Christopher Nolan’s final Batman feature, beginning with a look at the filming of a prison break sequence before giving us an early preview of a scrap between Christian Bale’s Batman and Tom Hardy’s Bane. As if that wasn’t enough, we soon got a few shots of other cast members, including Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Detective John Blake and Marion Cotillard as Miranda Tate (yeah right).
While that was already more than enough for us Batman »
Television director Brian Kirk is in talks to helm Marvel’s sequel to Thor. Kirk directed three of the 12 episodes of HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” plus an episode of the cable channel’s hit series “Boardwalk Empire,” and, Variety reports the experience with ensemble casts lead to his hiring.
This will mark Kirk’s first feature since 2006’s Middletown and his first shot at working for a major studio. He reportedly beat out a shortlist of directors that included Noam Murro (who booked the sword-and-sandal sequel 300: Battle for Artemisia instead), James McTeigue (Ninja Assassin), Drew Goddard (Cabin in the Woods), and Breck Eisner (The Crazies).
The original’s director, actor/director Kenneth Branagh, opted out of the sequel when Marvel and Disney announced a follow-up will hit theaters on July 26, 2013. Don Payne (Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer) is currently working on the story. Chris Hemsworth will »
- Jeff Leins
When you think about it, it actually makes perfect sense: if you want to create a grounded mythological fantasy, look no further than the "Game of Thrones" team.
While Kirk isn't known for handling feature films, he's made a name for himself on the small screen directing complex, character-driven programs with ensemble casts. In addition to directing several episodes of "Game of Thrones," he also got behind the camera for episodes of several critically praised series such as "Boardwalk Empire," "Luther," and "Dexter."
According to the report, it was his ability to juggle the demands of these projects while also keeping them grounded that pushed him to the top of the studio's list.
The "Thor" sequel is currently »
- Rick Marshall
If Marvel ever have the opportunity to save money… you can damn well sure know they are going to take it.
In what appears to be one of their swiftest hirings in years (did you hear any director shortlists on this one??) – Variety say Marvel have set Game of Thrones and Broadwalk T.V. helmer Brian Kirk to the task of delivering a Thor sequel for July 26th, 2013. The director is in ‘early talks’ with Disney/Marvel but as if he is going to turn his career making gig?
It’s said Kirk got the job because of his ability to successfully handle large casts and keep complex storylines interesting (he has also helmed episodes of The Tudors) and I imagine that is probably a vital thing because Thor will be following on not only from it’s own movie but also The Avengers and the events of Iron Man »
- Matt Holmes
“Thor,” directed by Kenneth Branagh, was a big hit for Marvel and Disney this summer. Not surprisingly then, the studio is looking to copy the success of the first film with a sequel helmed by another gentlemen hailing from the British Isles and possessing more than a little experience with epic storytelling: Brian Kirk.
After a $447 million worldwide-box-office take, generated off a character nowhere near as mainstream as Spider-Man or even Iron Man, a “Thor 2” was somewhat of a foregone conclusion. But after Branagh decided not to return for the sequel, it was up in the air who would end up directing the flick.
Enter Irish director Brian Kirk, who showed, during his recent stint on “Game of Thrones,” an ability to wrangle numerous characters in period dress spouting deliciously overblown dialogue – something that should be a prerequisite for anyone working on a “Thor” movie. Kirk has also worked on “Boardwalk Empire, »
- Aubrey Sitterson
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