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Clip It: Each day, Jon Davis looks at the world of trailers, featurettes, and clips and puts it all in perspective. Ah, Camelot! A time for GoPro cameras and quick cut editing, when hip meta storytelling was in vogue and well timed sarcasm was the bantering style of the day. Guy Ritchie has brought his trendy brand of filmmaking to the King Arthur legend. Ugh. Sometimes you have to let a thing be a thing. Hold on. Record scratch. Let's me explain that. (I can do to this too, Guy Ritchie!) Take Captain America. Not a cool character, but so what? It was writer Mark Waid's comic book run that sold me on him. What I enjoyed was that Mark Waid didn't try to make the character something that he wasn't. He didn't make Captain America talk like a Quentin Tarantino character. He didn't shim sham us with non-linear storytelling tricks. »
- Jon Davis
Noted professional-wrestling fan, screenwriter and director Max Landis is at Comic-Con, where he’s revealed one of many new projects he’s working on: a Pepé Le Pew movie being developed by Warner Bros. The animated film will follow the lecherous skunk of “Looney Tunes” fame, whom conventional wisdom would suggest is among the cartoon characters least suited to a feature-length revival in 2016. That’s probably part of Landis’ angle.
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Landis, who appeared on the panel for “Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency” — a BBC America series for which he’s lead writer and an executive producer — is also executive-producing “Channel Zero” for Syfy and writing both “Bright” for Netflix and “Deeper” for MGM.
- Michael Nordine
San Diego — With both Warner Bros. and Marvel Studios slated for panel time in the San Diego Convention Center Saturday for this year’s Comic-Con, sparks were sure to fly as the two superhero heavies revealed looks at the next phases in their quests to conquer the pop culture world. But who left the biggest mark on the geek masses?
WB was first out of the gate and, unlike in years past, led with the DC material. Other tentpoles like “Kong: Skull Island” and “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” were held for the back stretch.
Conan O’Brien moderated the event, which went nearly 30 minutes past its scheduled two hours and began with thoughts from the five directors behind DC’s upcoming slate: Zack Snyder (“Justice League”), Patty Jenkins (“Wonder Woman”), Rick Famuyiwa (“The Flash”), James Wan (“Aquaman”) and Ben Affleck (“Batman”).
Things then transitioned to the first »
- Kristopher Tapley
Thank whatever deity you believe in, because at long last Starz has released the first footage from its upcoming American Gods.
Shadow Moon (played by The 100‘s Ricky Whittle) is front-and-center in the trailer, which was shown at the fantasy drama’s panel at San Diego Comic-Con. Who else pops up in the clip? The mysterious Mr. Wednesday (Deadwood‘s Ian McShane), the mysterious Laura (Sucker Punch‘s Emily Browning) and many other heavenly bodies.
PhotosAmerican Gods: Starz Reveals First Pic of Love Goddess Bilquis
Also: coin tricks! “Puppy!” The gold on the grave! Mr. Wednesday on an airplane! »
While production was under way on Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, director Zack Snyder was spotted in a few set photos with his Sucker Punch co-star Jena Malone. Since the actress wasn't confirmed as part of the cast at that point, it didn't take long for rumors to surface that she was playing Batgirl in this superhero adventure. As it turned out, she didn't play Batgirl, and her scenes didn't make it into the theatrical cut, although you can see her as S.T.A.R. Labs scientist Jenet Klyburn in the Ultimate Edition, which debuted on Blu-ray and DVD this week. Today we have word that a new Easter Egg was discovered, which hints that Batgirl may be waiting in the wings after all.
An eagle-eyed Reddit user discovered something in a scene where Alfred (Jeremy Irons) is working at the Bat-computer. As you can see in the photo below, »
American Gods has filled a vacancy at the Muscle Farm.
Last month it was announced that Jamie Chung (Sucker Punch, Big Hero 6) has signed on to appear in the third season of Gotham as Valerie Vale, aunt to Bruce Wayne’s comic book love interest Vicki Vale, and now thanks to Coming Soon we’ve got some set photos giving us our first look at Chung in character alongside Ben McKenzie’s Jim Gordon…
- Gary Collinson
Gugino is also noted for her role as 'Ingrid Cortez' in the "Spy Kids" trilogy...
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- Michael Stevens
Abbie Cornish is an Australian actress and rapper, who goes by the stage name Dusk, best known for her roles as Sweet Pea in Sucker Punch, poet John Keats’ lover Fanny Brawne in Brightstar, and as Heidi in Somersault, for which she won an Australian Film Institute Award for Best Actress in a leading role. Her career spans both television and […]
The post Abbie Cornish Bio: In Her Own Words appeared first on uInterview. »
- Travis Jeffrey Gonzalez
The official character description reads: “The son of feared mob boss Carmine Falcone (John Doman), Carpinello’s Mario has rejected his family’s criminal ways and made a legitimate life for himself as a well-respected, Ivy League-educated ER doctor. He’s kind, honest and trustworthy, making him the black sheep of the Falcone clan. But his arrival in Gotham will create major waves in the personal life of Jim Gordon, who at the end of Season 2 left town to find and win back his pregnant fiancee Lee.”
- Gary Collinson
When the phone rang, I answered immediately. I knew Bebe Lerner, Zack Snyder’s personal publicist, was supposed to be calling me, but I wasn’t sure why. “Hi, Bebe,” I said. “Am I in trouble?” It’s a fair question. After all, my relationship to Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice has been a difficult one, and my reportage this spring set off way more controversy than I would have guessed possible. At this point, anytime I start to write about any DC film, I have a moment of hesitation. “Is this worth the hassle it will inevitably become?” One of my least favorite things about all of this has been the way all communication with Zack and Deb Snyder ceased the moment my reporting set off a ripple of bad publicity. I’ve been talking to the Snyders about their work since they were in post-production on 300, and »
- Drew McWeeny
Every E3 is filled with surprises of all sorts. Sometimes a game shows up that you didn’t expect. Or perhaps a game is detailed in a way you didn’t expect (coming out soon, or has added features for example). Another way surprises shock fans at E3 is by simply being that, a surprise. This E3 was no different and we got a few surprises that came out of nowhere that shocked quite a lot of fans.
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I didn’t catch wind of Quake appearing at E3 until it was just about to begin, then bam Quake appears. Bethesda showed off a quick teaser and that was about it. However the teaser had other teasers in it with hints of Wolfenstein making a return.
This announcement would have gone higher up on my list if we had any content to go with it. »
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Last week it was reported that casting was underway for the character of Vicki Vale in Gotham season three, but it turns out it’s actually Vicki Vale’s aunt Valerie, with TV Line reporting that Jamie Chung (Sucker Punch, Big Hero 6) has secured the role.
The official character description reads: “Gotham Gazette‘s newest hire, Valerie is a crackerjack reporter dead set on uncovering the truth behind Indian Hill. Confident and dogged, she will do anything to get the scoop, and soon sets her sights on Gordon, who she believes is the key lead in her story.”
Expect further casting news on Gotham season three soon, with the producers looking for a new actress to take over the role of Poison Ivy, as well as a series regular villain “who learns people’s secrets and manipulates them to do his bidding.”
Gotham returns to Fox for its third season in the fall. »
- Gary Collinson
With E3 2016 now at an end we can take a breath and look back at all the fun surprises and reveals this year had in store. Like everyone, we had a list of expectations heading into E3, but there are several games that missed the show which makes us pretty sad. Come inside to check out our list.
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The Rise of the Tomb Raider PS4 (Or Expansion)
I don’t know if people realize it, but The Rise of Tomb Raider is set to come out on PS4 sometime this year. So far all we have is a “holiday 2016” time frame, and Sony could actually use the helping hand with their lackluster Fall lineup.
All that being said I was extremely scared that Sony cooked up some type of “exclusive” deal for an expansion. I own the game on Xbox One and I »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Dustin Spino)
E3 normally runs on unique and original franchises that belong to the game industry. Rarely are IP’s from other franchises the highlight of E3, but this year was different. Marvel’s Spider-Man showed up and it was the most exciting title I saw. Follow me after the jump.
The title was Spider-Man and all we got was a quick little teaser during Sony’s E3 conference, and not much else has shown up. Insomniac has done interviews here and there, but the information I'm craving is under lock and key. I need more information, and they keep teasing me!
Spider-Man has a very long history of being on consoles. In fact I remember playing Spider-Man titles on the Sega Genesis. Back then crawling up a wall while Venom throws things down at you was legit awesome. Maybe some windows would break, or Venom would crawl next to you and be a total pain in the ass, but it was fun. Everything was like the comics being brought to life.
Then technology grew and so did Spider-Man. The new movies released and Spider-Man was brought to the new consoles, PS2 and the original Xbox. This is when one of the most popular superhero games ever made released, Spider-Man 2. Yes a game based on a movie was so popular that people wanted more. Can you believe Treyarch made that game? Yep, before Call of Duty, Treyarch were pimps in the superhero genre! Sadly Activision couldn’t compete with itself with the release of Spider-Man 3. The game ended up just being a disappointing rehash of the previous title, almost as disappointing as the third movie itself. (Though it did seem to inspire the original font for PlayStation 3.)
I personally enjoyed other titles that followed like Web of Shadows and Shattered Dimension’s, but they were not the greatest. This is also the last time we have seen Spider-Man in a big release. Besides the Lego series and mobile titles, Spider-Man has been non-existent. Perhaps everyone is afraid they wouldn’t live up to Spider-Man 2, the pinnacle of Spider-Man’s success in the video game world? Or Treyarch and friends are too busy with Call of Duty….
Then things changed and we got a reveal of a new Spider-Man title. The reveal was a quick teaser trailer showing a very tiny portion of what is to come, but the gaming world shook. Perhaps even Batman was shaking in his boots over at WB. Hell we got both Batman and Spider-Man during one conference and my mind was being totally blown.
The trailer was so quick, so awesome, and so glorious. I’m a Spider-Man fan, anyone that knows me will tell you that right off the bat, so I got pumped. Yet that wasn’t even the best part of the reveal. The best part came after the reveal when Insomniac Games social feeds lit up, “#spidermanps4,” and Insomniac quickly confirming it was them that was developing the title. Sony didn’t spend much time highlighting developers for any game, but this was exciting news!
Leading up to E3 I expected to see Spider-Man because I did the research. Someone hinted at it, so I dove all in and figured it was coming. However I assumed it would be coming from Sucker Punch, developers of InFamous, for obvious reasons. Turns out it was Insomniac, which to me is even bigger news. I’ve written plenty articles before praising Insomniac Games and I couldn’t be more thrilled to see them developing my favorite superhero! I also forgot last minute that duh, Insomniac developed Sunset Overdrive. This game was a highly overlooked Xbox One exclusive that already dove into the “superhero open world” base, and they did an absolutely amazing job with it.
Taking this a step further is the confirmation that Marvel is working with multiple studios to bring even more heroes to life in the video game world. Finally! (Just to stress it, Finally!) Quality Marvel titles are on their way and we get to explore the universe again. They noted their target objective is Batman Arkham games and I could only imagine where X-Men or even Thor would go with such quality.
So yes I’m excited for all the other things shown off, but I think I got excited for Spider-Man more than anything. Probably the only thing topping it was Kojima showing up with a new game.
We want to know, what reveal at E3 got you the most excited?
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Prior to the moment when the lights went down on Sony’s E3 showcase, all signs pointed to inFamous studio Sucker Punch taking the reins of a licensed Spider-Man game for Marvel.
As it turns out, those rumors were fairly off base, with Sony revealing that Insomniac, fresh from resurrecting Ratchet & Clank, will take point on Spider-Man PS4. Precious few details were offered up during the conference – Sony’s keynote did move along at a good clip, after all – but with E3 2016 now in full swing, Insomniac has outlined some key features PlayStation 4 owners can expect from the superhero experience.
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First up, it is in no way affiliated with Jon Watts’ 2017 feature film and instead features an “original story.” Expect to clock eyes on both Peter Parker and Spider-Man suited and booted, and in electing Insomniac to helm the project, Marvel Games Creative Director Bill Rosemann believes the Sunset Overdrive devs are the perfect fit:
“Not only are they world class game developers that make phenomenal story-driven experiences, but they also craft games bursting with personality, humor and most importantly: fun…just like Spidey!”
“The Marvel Games team is determined to deliver authentic Marvel experiences filled with our magic mix of action, drama, humor, romance, social relevance, and jaw-dropping awesomeness. This all-new Spider-Man game and our partnership with Sony Interactive Entertainment and Insomniac is a direct result of our wholehearted dedication to creating the best Marvel games the world has ever seen!”
Spider-Man PS4 has apparently been in development for “quite some time,” indicating that Insomniac’s licensed title may not be too far off after all. »
- Michael Briers
DC/WB is currently in reconstruction mode, launching their new DC Film Division under Geoff Johns, who wants to bring “hope and optimism” back to the Dceu. Therefore, this is a good time to look back on one of DC/WB’s recent missteps and how they could have benefited from an examination of their earlier, lighter projects. We’re going to examine how Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice could have been improved by studying the 1997 animated film The Batman/Superman Movie: World’s Finest.
The Batman/Superman Movie: World’s Finest began as a 3-part episode of Superman: The Animated Series. It was released on DVD as a combined one-hour film in 1997. This excellent story has a strong 83% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, as opposed to the pitiful 28% score that Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice received. World’s Finest was written by Alan Burnett, who wrote many of DC’s best animated movies, including Batman: Under the Red Hood, Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox, Superman Unbound, Batman: Mask of the Phantasm and others. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was directed by Zack Snyder, who made Watchmen, Sucker Punch and Man of Steel.
So why is World’s Finest better than Dawn of Justice and what can it teach DC during their revamp period? First of all, the makers of World’s Finest realized that the key to a great Batman and Superman story is to focus on their differences. They don't physically fight but the drama comes from contrasting their opposite natures, techniques and viewpoints.
The two heroes have often been described as “two sides of the same coin”. They are both brave costumed super heroes but in most ways, they are opposites. This does not merely refer to the fact that Superman has unlimited strength and numerous super powers while Batman is just an incredibly well-trained and brilliant human man. They also have different skills. For instance, Superman's senses enable him to read information directly from machines and, with careful usage of his heat vision, he can even reprogram machines. Batman is a genius polymath, as well as being a detective, escapologist, linguist, tactician and master of disguise.
Their greatest difference is in their outlook and attitude. Superman is traditionally optimistic and positive, inspiring hope to the world. He sees the best in people and tries to be an example, always motivated by the desire to help people and prevent tragedies. Batman is a dark and grim hero with a deeply personal vendetta against criminals. Although he has a great love for humanity, his life is rooted in the dark side of human nature. He understands the evil inherent in the human mind in a way Superman never could. In essence, Superman sees the victims while Batman sees the criminals.
When the 1990s versions of Superman and Batman look at each other, they see what they try hard to avoid in their own lives. Superman sees a man so locked into his obsessive behavior that he has no real connection to the world; Batman sees an overconfident man with great power but no plan (Superman reacts but does not plan.) However, they also see what they are personally missing. Superman admires Batman’s self-made abilities while Batman sees Superman’s amazing powers, which could certainly be handy in his quest to save Gotham city from its epidemic of crime. Each has a certain amount of envy toward the other.
In Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, the differences between the two are not very clear. Both are grim, glum, angst-ridden figures who see their heroic roles as a burden. They will both kill. Neither is trusted by the people or by the government. Neither ever smiles. They are both easily manipulated and overly quick to fight. There isn’t much difference between them at all. Add to that the fact that Zack Snyder decreed they shouldn’t talk much because “Guys in super hero costumes trying to act serious looks ridiculous”. The result was all action but no drama, characterization or interesting interactions.
Another good aspect of World’s Finest is that Lois Lane was utilized so much better. She adds an extra layer of competition between the two heroes when she develops a crush on Bruce Wayne. Although she is in love with Superman, she realizes that he will always have to put the good of the world ahead of her. Thus, when handsome Bruce Wayne arrives and shows an interest in her, she quickly becomes drawn to him. This Lois displays an attraction to Alpha Males, like the mighty Superman and the rich and powerful Bruce Wayne. Bruce begins by using Lois as a source of information to learn more about Superman but he comes to actually like her fiery, feisty personality and beauty. Clark has to watch while his rival romances the woman he secretly loves. In Dawn of Justice, Lois really has no purpose. She’s there because she’s expected to be there. Her investigation in the movie leads to nothing. When she stupidly tosses the Kryptonite spear into the well, it’s only done to put her in peril at an inopportune moment.
The villains are also much better in World’s Finest. Lex Luthor is written as cool., classy, authoritative and insidious. The Joker is wild and funny, creating chaos for both profit and for fun. The battle between their sidekicks Harley Quinn and Mercy is a fun moment. In Dawn of Justice, Lex Luthor is portrayed as a combination of Luthor and the Joker. He is rich and influential but also demented and sadistically psychotic. Mercy is killed off before she gets a chance to make an impression, and Doomsday is wasted in the final half hour of the film. The “Doomsday/Death of Superman” storyline could have been a whole movie by itself but instead it’s squeezed into a subplot. The villains in World’s Finest get sufficient screen time and remain true to their source material.
The story holds together much better in World’s Finest. The plot is linear and logical and makes sense. The bad guys have clear agendas and their actions jibe with what they want. Even the Joker, crazy as he is, remains consistent. In Dawn of Justice, Luthor’s plans and motivations seem to randomly change scene-by-scene. Unlike World’s Finest, which is trying to tell a story about the meeting of two heroes, Dawn of Justice is a two-and-a-half-hour composite trailer, interested in World Building and setting up future Dceu films, rather than being a coherent movie.
World’s Finest is about heroes learning a lesson. The duo quickly realize that their pointless competition is not useful and that each of them has something useful to offer in a partnership, even a temporary one. They learn the lesson that the villains could not learn. Luthor and the Joker are too petty to ever get along and eventually turn on each other. Superman and Batman learn to respect each other and start to work together. They even display some teamwork. Clark and Bruce part on good terms. In Dawn of Justice, Batman and Superman spend most of the movie in a contrived blood feud, which abruptly ends when they realize that their mothers have the same name. Then they join Wonder Woman in fighting Doomsday and Superman dies. There is no logical build or dramatic narrative that leads to any development in their relationship. Its ultimately unsatisfying and hollow.
World’s Finest gets it all right, including the tone, which is sufficiently hopeful while still being serious. Burnett’s script has heart and soul. The characters are handled properly and the narrative is well structured. Both the villains and supporting cast are fully-formed characters, not caricatures. Everything is done so much better than in Dawn of Justice.
If Geoff Johns and the new DC Film Division want a blueprint to look at for how they should set up the Dceu, they could do a lot worse than studying The Batman/Superman Movie: World’s Finest. It’s everything Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice should have been, but wasn’t. If you haven’t seen it, it’s worth the effort to find.
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- firstname.lastname@example.org (Rob Young)
If there is one thing Zack Snyder likes — besides slow-motion — it’s ripped dudes and buff bods. “300,” “Sucker Punch,” and even “Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice” should give you all the evidence you need, but in case you need another reminder, J.K. Simmons is here with more proof. The 61-year-old actor has […]
- Kevin Jagernauth
Gillian Anderson is about to become an object of worship — beyond her usual X-Files fandom.
Anderson will guest-star in multiple episodes as Media, who’s described as “the mouthpiece for the New Gods, functioning as their public face and sales representative, by taking the form of various iconic celebrities. She lives off the attention and worship »
Following the trailer release yesterday for its extended Blu-ray/DVD edition, one of the key people involved in "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" says don't expect the half-hour longer 'Ultimate Cut' of the film to change your mind.
Cinematographer Larry Fong tweeted a few hours ago: "Those of you who are fans, will dig it. If you hated it, you'll still hate it." The new cut of the film clocks in at 182 minutes - decidedly longer than the 151 minute cut of the theatrical version.
Fong previously worked with director Snyder on "300," "Watchmen" and "Sucker Punch" but is not working on "Justice League Part One" - he's been replaced by Fabian Wagner ("Game of Thrones," "DaVinci's Demons"). »
- Garth Franklin
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