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Yesterday marked exactly one year to the release of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, with Warner Bros. celebrating by giving us our first look at a bald Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, and now EW (via Cbm) has released an official version of the Jason Momoa Aquaman image, minus the ‘Unite the Seven’ tagline…
On a side note, we’ve heard a whisper today that the first trailer for Batman v Superman will be with us on April 4th. This is unconfirmed, and there may be nothing to it so please don’t take it as gospel. Our money is on the first trailer coming with Mad Max: Fury Road. But you never know…
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is set for release on March 25th 2016 and sees Zack Snyder directing a cast that includes returning Man of Steel stars Henry Cavill (Superman), Amy Adams (Lois Lane), Diane Lane »
- Gary Collinson
Following on from yesterday’s news that George Clooney will produce the next project for writer-director Tom Ford, today sees Variety reporting that Amy Adams and Jake Gyllenhaal are in aggressive pursuit of the lead roles in the adaptation, titled Nocturnal Animals. While firm offers have yet to be made, “insiders say it is headed in that direction.”
The fact that potential casting news has so closely followed the announcement of the project and its producers is indicative of the momentum that is building behind this film – the second directorial outing for fashion designer Tom Ford. His previous effort, 2009’s A Single Man earned an Academy Award nomination for its lead actor, Colin Firth, as well as Golden Globe nominations for Firth and lead actress Julianne Moore. Ford penned that adapted script, which is why such excitement has sprung up around Nocturnal Animals – it being his second adapted script for film. »
- Sarah Myles
Though we know it’s setting the scene for the larger DC cinematic universe and have a good idea who’ll be in it, there isn’t that much information around Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Up until today, we didn’t even know if Lex Luthor would have hair or not. But now we do!
Just released by Entertainment Weekly, here’s the first photo of Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor:
He definitely look intense, plus he’s got previous experience from The Social Network playing a billionaire who isn’t afraid to ruffle a few feathers.
- Chris Cooper
During an interview with Robot Underdog, Gal Gadot has been speaking about her upcoming role as Wonder Woman in next year’s DC ensemble Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and more specifically, the criticism levied towards her casting as the Amazon Princess.
“They said that I was too skinny and my boobs were too small. hen I was younger I would take criticism really hard. But now it mostly amused me. The true amazons had one boob so it won’t bother them in their archery. So it’s not going to be like real amazons. We always try to make everyone happy but we can’t… After they asked me here, In Israel, if I have eating disorders and why am I so skinny, they said my head was too big and my body was like a broomstick I can take anything. It’s just empty talk. I »
- Gary Collinson
Lifetime’s new limited series The Lizzie Borden Chronicles premieres Sunday, April 5 at 10/9Ct. In January 2014, Lifetime took a proverbial whack at bringing the sordid tale of Lizzie Borden to a new generation of horror fans with its original film Lizzie Borden Took an Ax. Starring Christina Ricci as the parent-dispatching Lizzie and Argo’s Clea DuVall as her obedient sister Emma, Lizzie was a bloody good time and a ratings killer, luring 4.4 million viewers on its way to becoming cable’s second-most-watched original film of the year. A few months later, the network approached Ricci with another idea — reuniting with … Continue reading →
- Lori Acken
You may have seen Sheila Vand as a housekeeper named Sahar in Ben Affleck's "Argo," or currently on NBC as a CIA analyst opposite Katherine Heigl in "State of Affairs." Or, you've seen her in what may be the first Iranian vampire noir ever, "A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night," an ingenious work of pop pastiche written and directed by Ana Lily Amirpour, who Vand calls "Lily." When she's not cultivating her screen career, Vand is foremost a performance artist, who starred on Broadway with Robin Williams in "Bengal Tiger at the Bagdad Zoo" and has worked independently on her own exhibitions, such as a musical act she dubbed "Sneaky Nietzsche." Vand brings her onstage dexterity to the role of a lonely, sullen, centuries-old vampire known simply as "The Girl." In a desolate ghost town torn from the pages of dusty American westerns by way of Italian neorealism, »
- Ryan Lattanzio
The cast is filling out on ABC’s drama pilot “L.A. Crime.” David Sullivan (“Argo”) has been cast in the role of Detective Arnold ‘Arnie’ Bukowski, joining previously announced actresses Erika Christensen and Taissa Farmiga.
Sullivan will play Bukowski, a crass, loudmouth detective in charge of heading up the ongoing investigation of a possible Sunset Strip serial killer, alongside cops Jack Roth (Adam Rothenberg) and Paco Contreras (Gabriel Luna).
The character-driven “true crime” procedural, written by Steven Baigelman and directed by Tom Shankland, is being produced by ABC Studios and Mandeville. The period drama will explore sex, politics and pop culture across different eras in Los Angeles history, with the first season set in the “rock ‘n’ roll, coke-infused revelry of the 1980s.”
Sullivan is represented by Principato-Young Entertainment.
- Debra Birnbaum
Cinemax has put in development Baghdad Country Club, a drama from Robert Downey Jr. & Susan Downey's Team Downey banner. Written by Dave Andron (Justified), the project is inspired by the digital article of same name by prolific journalist Joshuah Bearman, whose story The Great Escape became the basis for the 2012 Best Picture Oscar winner Argo. Baghdad Country Club centers on a special forces soldier-turned-mercenary who opens the only watering hole in Baghdad's Green… »
Last week Lucasfilm announced the title of Gareth Edwards’ upcoming Star Wars movie to be Star Wars: Rogue One, and it seems that the first standalone Star Wars film will also be the first not to include music by John Williams, as Alexandre Desplat has revealed that he’s signed on to compose the score.
The French composer has recently collaborated with Edwards on last year’s blockbuster Godzilla, and is coming off the back of an Academy Award win for his work on The Grand Budapest Hotel. Desplat was also nomintaed this year for The Imitation Game, while he has six previous Oscar nominations for Philomena, Argo, The King’s Speech, Fantastic Mr. Fox, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and The Queen.
- Gary Collinson
Desplat previously worked with the film's director Gareth Edwards on last year's "Godzilla". 'Rogue One' is the first "Star Wars" standalone spin-off film that Disney is putting into production ahead of a December 16th 2016 release. It will begin shooting this Summer.
Desplat is no stranger to major franchises or awards films, having done the scores for the likes of "Argo," "Unbroken," "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," ""The Twilight Saga: New Moon," "The King's Speech," "Zero Dark Thirty," "The Imitation Game," "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," "The Queen," "A Prophet," and "Syriana".
Source: Film Music Reporter »
- Garth Franklin
Alexandre Desplat will provide the score for the Star Wars spin-off film Rogue One, reuniting him with Godzilla director Gareth Edwards. Desplat revealed the news during an interview on Radio Classique's Culture Club. The French composer recently won a Best Original Score Oscar for his work on Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel, and Alexandre Desplat has also scored dozens of other movies, including The Imitation Game, Argo and The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button. »
- Jesse Giroux
With director Brad Furman (The Lincoln Lawyer) at the helm, the cast includes Emmy, Golden Globe and Tony-Award-winning actor Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad, Argo, Drive), Diane Kruger (Inglourious Basterds, The Bridge) John Leguizamo (Chef, Kick-ass 2, John Wick), Benjamin Bratt (Love In The Time Of Cholera, Traffic), Elena Anaya (The Skin I Live In), Olympia Dukakis (Moonstruck, Steel Magnolias) , Juliet Aubrey (The Constant Gardener, The White Queen) and Academy Award and Tony Award nominated Amy Ryan (Birdman, Gone Baby Gone).
- Michelle McCue
Take another look @ footage from actor Ben Affleck's past films, plus a trailer from his latest film "Gone Girl", to give you an idea of his ability to play 'Batman' in director Zack Snyder's "Man Of Steel" sequel, "Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice":
Film clips also include "Runner Runner", "Argo", "The Town", "To The Wonder", "The Company Men", "Hollywoodland", "State Of Play", "He's Just Not That Into You", "Smokin' Aces", "Gigli", "The Third Wheel" and "Daredevil".
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek Ben Affleck...
- Michael Stevens
To throw your child off a roof for her own safety, you have to be stuck in a really dire situation. Such a hellish, last resort scenario is experienced by Jack Dwyer (Owen Wilson) in the first trailer for No Escape, a thriller featured along with Big Game in our latest trailer round-up. No Escape (formerly titled The Coup) comes from the writing duo of brothers John Erick and Drew Dowdle (As Above/So Below, Quarantine) and stars Wilson and Lake Bell as Americans caught up in a coup. To get their daughters to a U.S. Embassy alive, they must rely on each other and their friend Hammond (Pierce Brosnan). Big Game, meanwhile, comes from Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale writer/director Jalmari Helander and stars Samuel L. Jackson as an on-the-run President of the United States who is striving to survive in Finland after Air Force One is shot down. »
- Derek Anderson
In the rugged countryside of Finland, a young thirteen-year-old (Onni Tommila) embarks on a traditional quest to prove himself by spending 24 hours alone in the wild, armed with only a bow and arrow. After witnessing a spectacular crash, he discovers the escape pod from Air Force One, containing the President of the United States (Samuel L. Jackson). When they realize a group of kidnappers is hot on their trail with the intention of taking the president, this unlikely duo must escape their hunters as they search for the American Special Forces team sent out to find them.
This could be the good time, sleeper hit of the summer. Given its end of June release, Big Game is the type of over the top, action »
- Michelle McCue
Indie science fiction with a rare humanism, a scientific and emotional mystery with a solution Hollywood wouldn’t dare go anywhere near. I’m “biast” (pro): I’m a big sci-fi geek
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
I needed a really good science fiction flick to wipe away the couple of bad ones I’ve had to endure in the past week or so, and Continuum — aka I’ll Follow You Down in the U.S. and Canada — did the trick beautifully. This is almost the movie that Project Almanac wanted to be — kinda maybe, if it could have broken out of the cheap Hollywood trope in which FX trump emotion — an exploration of the human impact that time-travel could potentially have. There are next to no FX here, and not even any new SFnal ideas. What there is »
- MaryAnn Johanson
'Focus' movie: Will Smith has third weakest weekend box-office debut of his career (photo: Will Smith in 'Focus') According to those referred to in polite society as "conservatives," winter storms and freezing temperatures are evidence that there's no such thing as global warming. Let's not even go there. Instead, let's focus (bad pun intended) on the Focus movie starring Will Smith and Margot Robbie as a con couple, which opened below expectations – with wintery weather as a possible culprit – in North America this weekend, February 27-March 1, 2015. According to box-office tracking, as late as a couple of days ago Warner Bros.' modestly budgeted Focus was expected to take in between $22-24 million. Barring a miracle akin to a sudden halt to rising ocean temperatures (pardon the hyperbole), that's not about to happen. Now, before I proceed: "modestly budgeted"? Well, for a Will Smith movie, $50 million – after »
- Zac Gille
Catching up with Hans Zimmer at the Oscars this past weekend, MTV managed to grab a few comments from the composer about his work on the upcoming DC ensemble Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, asking him whether he plans to develop individual themes for each of the heroes.
“I’m trying, I’ll put it that way,” states Zimmer, who has previously stated that he plans to tackle Superman, whilst handing Batman over to Junkie Xl. “We’re in early days. But yes, of course, ideally that’s what you want to do.”
Zimmer was also asked if Warner Bros. has him down to score any future DC movies, with the composer responding that: “Look, the studio is going to hedge its bet, if I ruin this one…. And at the same time you have to remember I come from ten years of doing Batman, so it’s really »
- Gary Collinson
Is it me or is Mary Elizabeth Winstead not getting the attention she deserves from her work?
The film stars Winstead as Alex, an environmental attorney who finds her workaholic regimen thrown into flux when her husband, George (Messina), asks for a break. For Alex, George has always been the one to take the reins at home. When his unexpected departure dawns as something more permanent, Alex finds herself caught balancing her family’s demands, her aging father, played by Don Johnson, and her ambitious career, which she now struggles to maintain.
- Zach Dennis
It seems Marisa Tomei is ready to return to her small-screen roots. Would you like us to explain?
Per our sister site Deadline, Ms. will focus on the creation of Steinem’s feminist-themed magazine of the same name, which began publishing in the early 1970s.
Tomei and Najimy will executive-produce the project, »
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