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Do we need another incarnation of 'Frankenstein'? Probably not, but that certainly isn't dissuading Twentieth Century Fox whom are busy at work with their new feature version of the tale based on the classic novel by author Mary Shelley. 'Lucky Number Slevin' director Paul McGuigan takes helm of the project which sees James McAvoy ('Wanted') play Victor Frankenstein with 'The Woman in Black' star Daniel Radcliffe playing Igor. The latter which can be spotted below in the new behind the scenes image from the production. Along with Dan and Jimbo the new adaptation also stars Jessica Brown Findlay ('Dowton Abbey') and Bronson Webb ('Pusher'). Head below for the new image. »
A space fantasy titled Starlight is joining Mark Millar's new superhero comics universe. Next year, Millar, the writer-creator of books such as Kick-Ass, Wanted and Jupiter's Legacy, will unveil his 21st century version of the Marvel Universe, a shared literary space inhabited by characters from various books by Millar and his artists. Mph, a Detroit-set story about teens who discover a drug that gives them super speed, is set to debut in May, but before that Millar will release Starlight: a heroic tale drawn by Goran Parlov, a Croatian artist who may be best known for his work on
- Borys Kit
In the current era of The Avengers and Batman Vs. Superman, it’s impossible to be a fan of the comic-book genre and not have a well-considered argument to the question, “Who’s the Most Powerful Superhero?” Superman, of course, is the most obvious answer in any superpower battle-royale debate, but there are strong and more interesting claims to be made for the others, too. (Except Hawkeye. Sorry, guy.)
In Hollywood offices, there are similar conversations going on all the time about their own legion of superheroes, those famous actors and actresses who can open a movie in New York, »
- Jeff Labrecque
Hot on the heels of yesterday's teaser artwork debut, the first official teaser trailer has arrived for Disney's Maleficent, starring Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning, and Sharlto Copley. There's a whole lot of teasing going on around here!
Maleficent opens May 30, 2014. It is the untold story of Disney’s most beloved villain, Maleficent, from the 1959 classic Sleeping Beauty. The film reveals the events that hardened her heart and drove her to curse baby Aurora.
The cast includes Angelina Jolie (Wanted, Changeling), Sharlto Copley (District 9), Elle Fanning (Super 8), Sam Riley (On the Road), Imelda Staunton (Vera Drake), Miranda Richardson (The Hours), Juno Temple (Atonement), and Lesley Manville (Secrets & Lies).
Directed by two-time Oscar-winning production designer Robert Stromberg (Avatar, Alice in Wonderland) in his directorial debut and produced by Joe Roth, Maleficent is written by Linda Woolverton (The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast) and executive produced by Jolie, Don Hahn, »
- Debi Moore
Los Cabos – Three awaited Mexican movies – “Mexico’s Most Wanted,” “Flying Low” and “Natural Philosophy of Love” – all world preem at the 2nd Baja International Film Festival whose Hollywood industry presence underscores that the U.S. is at least beginning to take Mexico’s talent pool more seriously.
Baja’s U.S. presence includes Jeff Skoll’s Participant Media, agencies CAA, Paradigm, Management 360, investor Palmstar Media Capital/Merced Media Partners and sales agents Voltage Pictures, Panorama Media, Xyz Films, FiGa Films and Shoreline Entertainment.
Produced by Billy and Fernando Rovzar’s Lemon Films (“After Lucia,” “Saving Private Perez”), “Mexico’s Most Wanted” is Im Global/Canana’s Mundial first third-party sales pick-up out of Canana’s native Mexico.
A propulsive crime thriller, “Wanted” also reps Lemon’s »
- John Hopewell
Review Ivan Radford 1 Nov 2013 - 06:43
It's hardly breaking new ground, but Ivan reckons life's too short to hate films starring Kevin Kline...
"Dick." "Asshole." That's old childhood friends Paddy (the Oscar-winning Robert De Niro) and Archie (the Oscar-winning Morgan Freeman) after they reunite for a bachelor party in Vegas. The bachelor in question? Billy (the Oscar-winning Michael Douglas), a ladies' man who's found himself a girl to marry. He's in his 60s. Her age? A sprightly 32.
"I have a haemorrhoid that's almost 32!" declares Archie. Your reaction to that joke will determine whether you'll like Last Vegas or loathe it. After all, it's hardly treading new ground. In fact, Jon Turtletaub's film makes a point of treading old ground, taking The Hangover's formula and geriatrifying it for an older audience in what seems to be a risk-free move.
What's surprising, though, is that it spends a lot of time treading »
Welcome to Issue 20 of ‘The Marvelous Da7e!’
Real quick mission statement: this column is for discussion of superhero movie news and superhero movies. Titular allegiance aside, this sphere includes non-Marvel properties.
This week: While Marvel properties spoil us rotten with trailers, the other guys quietly up and leave me all alone.
What to discuss this week, as we’re right on the cusp of all being able to talk about Thor: The Dark World and it’s many secrets?
We pause, for a moment, to remember DC Comics NYC, the publishing house that – like industry rival Marvel – has come to represent one of two standards in comic’s entertainment will be pulling their New York City offices and moving them across the country to Burbank, California to be closer to their parent company, Warner Brothers.
This makes a certain degree of sense, assuming that it’s easier to »
We're sure you've already caught it by now but yesterday saw the arrival of the fantastic new official trailer for Bryan Singer's upcoming 'X-Men: Days of Future Past'. The time travel trailer makes for an exciting two minutes and twenty seconds, featuring nearly every character of note, with a couple of spine-chilling tunes thrown in for good measure borrowed from the soundtracks of John Murphy's 'Sunshine' and Hans Zimmer's 'The Thin Red Line'. The impressive lineup in the new installment features a whole array of 'X-Men' past and present which sees former franchise cast members as well as a few new faces standing side by side. Some of which include Patrick Stewart, James McAvoy ('Wanted'), Michael Fassbender, Ian McKellen ('The Hobbit'), Jennifer Lawrence ('House at the End of the Street'), Halle Berry ('Gothika'), Anna Paquin ('True Blood »
The project began taking shape earlier this year when MGM acquired Clarke’s script, adapted from Lew Wallace’s 1880 novel “Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ.” That story focuses on the years prior to those portrayed the 1959 film, centering on the characters Judah Ben-Hur, a Jewish prince and merchant in Jerusalem, and his childhood friend Messala, who returns home as a commanding officer of the Roman legions and betrays the Ben-Hur family.
- Dave McNary
MGM has hired John Ridley to rewrite the script for its upcoming (and completely unnecessary) reboot of the classic Ben-Hur, based on the 1880 Lew Wallace novel Ben-Hur: A Tale Of The Christ. That Timur Bekmambetov (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, Wanted) is attached to direct, makes this an even tougher pill for me to swallow, given the filmmaker's visual style. This reboot will probably be closer in look and feel to films like 300 than anything resembling the 1959 Charleton Heston epic, directed by William Wyler, that cleaned up at the Oscars (there was an even earlier adaptation in the 1920s). Although he's been around for a »
- Tambay A. Obenson
First announced earlier this year , MGM is planning a new adaptation of Lew Wallace's 1880 novel Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ . Following word in August that Wanted director Timur Bekmambetov is set to helm comes news today, via Variety , that 12 Years a Slave screenwriter John Ridley will provide the screenplay. Wallace's text has been previously adapted for the stage, screen and radio with William Wyler's 1959 feature film version the most well-known today. The new adaptation began as a spec script by Keith Clarke ( The Way Back ) and follows Wallace's original novel and the life of Judah Ben-Hur, a Jewish prince sold into slavery who then vows revenge against the man responsible. Set in the early years of the first century, Ben-Hur's struggles parallel those of Jesus »
Sneak Peek your first look @ set images from "X-Men: First Class" director Matthew Vaughn's big screen adaptation of Mark Millar's comic book series "The Secret Service", starring Taron Egerton, Colin Firth, Michael Caine and Samuel L. Jackson.
"...Hopeless street punk 'Jake' is faced with a stark choice: continue along his current path of crime and desperation leading him toward an unpleasant end in the gutter, or follow the instruction of his uncle as he tries to hone Jake's violent tendencies and get him accepted into the ranks of the 'British Secret Service'.
"As Jake tries to make it through his uncle's training program, they will face a tragedy involving an entire town, a dark secret hidden inside 'Mount Everest' and »
- Michael Stevens
“New York, NY – October 7,2013 – Tribeca Film today announced it has acquired all U.S. rights to Spanish director Gonzalo López-Gallego’s mind-bending thriller Open Grave starring Sharlto Copley (District 9, Elysium), Joseph Morgan (“The Vampire Diaries,”” The Originals”), Josie Ho (“Contagion”), and Thomas Kretschmann (Valkyrie, Wanted). The film is produced by William Green and Aaron L. Ginsburg of Atlas Independent, Michael B. Wunderman, and in association with 852 Films.
Open Grave will premiere at the prestigious international genre festival, Sitges Film Festival, in Spain this month, before its December day and date release in the U.S. via Tribeca Film. The film had its world premiere at the MotelX Festival in Portugal this past September.
The high-concept Open Grave follows a man (Copley) who wakes up in a »
- Jonathan James
Mark Millar’s Kindergarten Heroes gets a writer; Disney plans a fairy tale comedy with Reese Witherspoon; Ang Lee’s untitled boxing film gets a writer; Harry Potter director David Yates lines up a comic book adaptation; and Danny Boyle plans to direct another heist film.
Unlike Millar’s more popular works, like Kick-Ass and Wanted, Kindergarten Heroes, as the name suggests, appeals to a slightly younger demographic. In other words, there will be decidedly less violence and profanity than previous Millar adaptations.
The Kindergarten Heroes comic follows a group of super-powered young kids who ...
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- Anthony Taormina
Looks like the high-octane sibling team of Joe and Matthew Michael Carnahan have nailed the script for the screen adaptation of Nemesis, the beloved work by Wanted and Kick-Ass creator Mark Millar. The project is set at Fox, and this guy isn’t easy to please. Here’s Millar’s evaluation of what the Carnahans have accomplished after they gave Millar the script. How can I put this? Nemesis is one of the most relentless and powerful screenplays I’ve ever read. I was actually Shell-shocked after reading it, thinking about it for hours afterwards and discussing it with the family. As a movie, the Carnahans have crafted something we’ve never actually seen before and I feel like someone in Julia Phillips’ office must have felt when Schrader’s Taxi Driver script first landed on their desk. This is going to be one of the best movies of the decade. »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Always a delight in keeping the kiddies quiet, 3D animation has another entry on the way in the form of magical adventure The Snow Queen. The film, based on legendary Danish author Hans Christian Anderson’s classic children’s tale, is the first of Russian studio Wizart Animation’s canon and is directed by Maxim Sveshnikov and Vlad Barbe from a script by Barbe and Vadim Sveshnikov.
Wishing to create a new world where clean lines replace emotions and the polar wind cools human souls, the Snow Queen has blanketed the world in ice and set out to destroy all art. According to the predictions of a magic mirror, the last threat to the Snow Queen comes from the master glass-maker Vegard, whose mirrors reflect not only appearances but also souls. One day the polar wind takes away Vegard and his wife Una. But they manage to hide their baby-boy »
- Craig Hunter
Fans of James McAvoy, the sweet-faced star of Wanted and X-Men: First Class, are in for a shock. In Filth, his latest film, McAvoy has ditched his nice-boy image for a full-throttle performance as antihero Bruce Robertson, the corrupt, drug-addicted and bipolar cop at the center of Jon S. Baird's darkly comic adaptation of the cult novel by Scottish author Irvine Welsh. Photos: ‘X-Men: First Class’ Style Gallery This is McAvoy as you've never seen him before: snorting coke, beating witnesses to a pulp, screwing colleagues (figuratively and literally) and snarling (often hilarious)
- Scott Roxborough
Mark Millar might be best known for bringing the ultra-violent superhero franchise Kick-Ass to the big screen in two feature films, but a new kid-friendly adaptation from the writer is also in the works. 20th Century Fox will produce a live-action feature based on Millar's upcoming superhero comic, Kindergarten Heroes. The studio has set Carter Blanchard to pen the script for the first film in what is hoped to be a family-friendly franchise. The maturity rating is a bit different from what Millar is used to, having turned the R-rated properties of Kick-Ass and Wanted into film franchises, but the new project will continue his superheroic trend. Hit the jump for more. Per Heat Vision, Millar's Kindergarten Heroes has yet to be published, but a number of issues are in the works. Here's the status of Kindergarten Heroes in the words of Millar himself: "Curt [Tiegs, artist and co-owner of the property] and I finished it a »
- Dave Trumbore
Mark Millar, the comic book writer responsible for Wanted and the Kick Ass series, is normally associated with gooey, gory mayhem and a dash of immaturity. Watching about fifteen seconds worth of Kick Ass could tell you that. But despite arming children with lethal weapons and strings of profanities, he also has a softer side. It’s the kinder, gentler Millar that created “Kindergarten Heroes,” a superhero-themed children’s book that’s now being adapted into a feature film. Deadline, which broke the story, has Carter Blanchard (who’s written the upcoming Glimmer and Spy Hunter) on screenwriting duties for Kindergarten Heroes, with plans to turn it into the latest kids’ movie franchise. And for those worried that Millar is only capable of writing child characters with an unquenchable thirst for killing, rest assured his film adaptations may all be (until now) bursting at the seams with fake blood, but Millar has plenty of kid-friendly comics under »
- Adam Bellotto
Comic book writer Mark Millar is best known for writing incredibly violent graphic novels for adult audiences. Several of these have been turned into flashy, ultra-violent movies, like Wanted, Kick-Ass and Kick-Ass 2. The last of these was so outrageous in its assaults it had star Jim Carrey speaking out against it ahead of its opening. So, what is this comic creator turned Fox comic consultant have up his sleeve next? A kids movie, obviously. Deadline reports that after impressing 20th Century Fox with a convincing pitch, up-and-coming screenwriter Carter Blanchard has been hired to translate Millar.s upcoming comic for kids, Kindergarten Heroes, into a family friendly feature script. As you can probably infer from its title and the sample art above, the book, which has been described as a cross between a traditional comic and a children.s picture book, follows the adventures of a pack of super-powered kindergarteners. »
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